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California Social Services Degrees

Social Services Certificates in California


Students do not just attend California's colleges and universities based on their academic reputations alone. Many are drawn by the stunning beauty that has made California famous all over the world. Few states have managed to meld natural beauty with man-made creations as seamlessly as California has. With gorgeous coastlines, expansive vineyards, ancient forests, and diverse climates, California has much to offer regardless of what type of environment suits you best.
Do you have a strong desire to help improve people's lives, aid people to function the best way they can in their environment, deal with their relationships, or solve personal and family problems? If so, you should consider a career in Mental and Social Health Services.

As a Mental and Social Health worker, you would help to assess and treat individuals with mental illness, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Such services include individual and group therapy, outreach, crisis intervention, social rehabilitation, and training in skills of everyday living. You may also help plan for supportive services to ease patients' return to the community.

Mental and Social Health Workers are likely to work in hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, individual and family service agencies, personal homes, or local governments. A bachelor's degree in social work is the most common minimum requirement to qualify for a job as a social worker. There are many accredited colleges and universities that offer Mental and Social Health Services programs.

However, regardless of which avenue you choose in the field of Mental and Social Health Services, you should be emotionally mature, objective and sensitive to people and their problems. You must be able to handle responsibility, work independently, and maintain good working relationships with clients and co-workers. A volunteer job as a social work aide offers a great way to test your interest in this field.

So, with a rapidly growing healthcare system, matched with an increasing demand to get patients back to living a ?normal? life as quickly and easily as possible, a career as a Mental and Social Health worker could be just what you're looking for.

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