Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Social Work

Do you desire to make a difference in the world through helping others? Siena's social work program provides the knowledge, skills and values necessary for a professional career in social work.

​Program Highlights

  • Nationally accredited since 1985.
  • Department has a leadership role with the New York State Social Work Education Association.
  • Emphasis on both classroom and hand-on experiences.
  • 450-hour internship requirement in professionally supervised sites matching students’ interests. Example settings include schools, nursing homes, probation offices, programs serving homelessness, domestic violence shelters and mental health settings.
  • Focus on the development of communication skills and understanding of social problems necessary to become a professional interviewer and community change agent.
  • Hands-on experience working with individuals, families, groups and communities to solve problems.
  • Preparation for social work careers in diverse settings such as hospitals, family service agencies, domestic violence programs and more immediately after graduation.
  • Preparation for Master’s in Social Work programs.

Internship Sites

  • Albany County Dept of Children, Youth, and Families
  • Albany Medical Center Hospital
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Guilderland Elementary School
  • Joseph’s House & Shelter
  • Parsons Child and Family Center
  • Rensselaer County Probation
  • Samaritan Hospital Mental Health Clinic
  • Troy High School
  • Unity House Domestic Violence Program

Social Work Department

Are you a good listener, find that friends seek your support and advice? Do you want to make a difference in the world by helping people with their problems? Are you interested in human rights and social justice? Would you like a professional career? If “yes,” you may want to consider studying social work.

Majors:


Career Opportunities

Social and Community Service Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization’s budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

Job titles include: Program Director, Social Services Director, Program Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator, Adoption Services Manager, Children’s Service Supervisor, Clinical Services Director, Community Services Block Grant/Outreach Social Worker (CSBG/Outreach Social Worker), Director of Child Welfare Services, Director of Social Services

Wages:

The median annual wage was $59,970 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Mental health and substance abuse social workers assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

Job titles include: Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Therapist, Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor and Therapist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $39,980 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Child, family and school social workers provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

Job titles include: School Social Worker, Family Service Worker, Case Manager, Foster Care Social Worker, Social Worker, Family Protection Specialist, Youth Services Specialist, Case Worker, Caseworker and Child Protective Services Social Worker (CPS Social Worker).

Wages:

The median annual wage was $41,530 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Mental Health Counselors counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Job titles include Behavior Analyst, Behavior Support Specialist (BSS), Case Manager, Clinician, Correctional Counselor, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Therapist and Therapist.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $40,080 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

School Counselors counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

Job titles include Guidance Counselor, Counselor, School Counselor, Academic Advisor, Career Counselor, College Counselor, Career Services Director, Academic Counselor, Advisor and Career Center Director.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $53,610 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

The education sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

​Employment in the education is expected to grow 9.4% by 2022.

Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only need to retain those workers already in the field, but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among health care support jobs.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 26.5% by 2022.