Social Work Assistant

Nature of Work

Social Work Assistants work with individuals experiencing natural life transitions or unexpected life crises to assist them in obtaining the help needed while also making certain that they can reach their maximum level of independent functioning. Social Work Assistants provide direct and/or indirect services either as leas case managers or through work under the direction of social workers, psychologists, or others who have more education or experience. Social Work Assistants have many social service job titles, such as case work aide, clinical social work aide, family service assistant, addictions counselor assistant, and human service worker. The populations with which Social Work Assistants provide services are quite varied. They may work with children and families, people with mental illnesses or disabilities, the elderly, the homeless, or the unemployed, to name a few. Social Work Assistants may work in schools, medical facilities, offices, residential facilities, shelters or directly in homes and communities. They also may work for non-profit or private-for-profit social service agencies, or state and local governments. Because of the skills, knowledge, ethics and sensitivity to human needs, Social Work Assistants may also work in non-social service agencies.

Social Work Assistants play a variety of roles in a community to support their clients. They may assist clients in need of counseling or crisis intervention or facilitate group activities. Often times, they work with other professional care providers to provide emotional support and training so as to empower them to become involved in their own wee-being. They may help clients master everyday living skills, improve communication skills or learn how to get along better with others. However, accessing available resources is a major function of a Social Work Assistant. They not only maintain an awareness of available resources, but also make referrals, assist with applying for those services, and then conduct follow up to ensure that clients are receiving the services needed.

Career Outlook

Social and human service assistants held about 386,600 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most social and human services assistants in 2014 were as follows:

Employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be due to an increase in the elderly population and rising demand for health care and social services.

Learn more about our Social Work Assistant program College Catalog

Credentials You Can Earn

Associate Degree
Social Work Assistant

Social Work Assistant

Addictions Specialist

Domestic and Family Violence

Gerontology Specialist

Direct Support Professional

Program Expenses

The Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and prospective students of all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses:

Admissions Fees

  • Nonrefundable application fee ($25)

Semester Fees

  • Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
  • Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
  • Campus Supply Fee ($40 per term)
  • Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
  • Parking Fee ($20 per term)
  • Campus Safety Fee ($25 per term)
  • Registration Fee ($50 per term)
  • Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
  • Technology Fee ($105 per term)

Throughout the Program

  • Textbooks (Approximately $2,586 for the associate degree program, $2,086 for the diploma program, $311 for the Addictions Specialist certificate, $65 for the Direct Support Professional certificate, $311 for the Domestic and Family Violence certificate, and $300 for the Gerontology Specialist)
  • Malpractice Insurance ($11 when enrolled in SOCW 2080)

These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.

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Betty Watts, Program Chair

Mrs. Betty Watts earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Presbyterian College. She also earned a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Mental Health and two specializations, one in Business Management and the other in Family Therapy from Washington University. Mrs. Watts is a veteran and a Licensed Master Social Worker.

She is a life member of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences and is actively involved in her community and professional associations including the National Association of Social Workers, the Georgia School of Addiction Studies Board and the Georgia College and Universities Suicide Prevention Steering Committee.

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