24 Feb 2015

Professional Titles: MSW

Professional Titles: MSW

Author: Zach Gouldsmith  /  Categories: Meanings of Professional Titles   /  Rate this article:
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AAPC authors are qualified professionals in various disciplines, certified in their respective fields.

But what do these certifications mean?

The term “MSW” as a part of somebody’s professional title means that he or she has completed a master’s degree in social work. This professional degree enables a person to practice social work independently after completing a certain number of hours of supervised practice and obtaining certification.

Social workers help their clients manage such endeavors as understanding and adapting to illness, disability, or death, and obtain social services such as healthcare, government assistance, and legal aid (Kuther, n.d.).

According to Getting Into Graduate School in Social Work, it isn’t a necessity to have a major or minor in social work to be accepted for a MSW program, but one must have a solid understanding of the social and behavioral sciences. This includes political science, psychology, sociology, healthcare, urban studies, anthropology, ethnic studies, etc.

Typically, the MSW requires two years of full-time coursework in human growth and development, social policies and programs, methods of practice, and social research. Approximately 900 hours of supervised practice is also needed to achieve this degree.

Most MSW degrees are accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education.

AAPC authors who have gained this status include:

 Judy Endow, MSW, author of …               

·         Learning the Hidden Curriculum: The Odyssey of One Autistic Adult         

·         Outsmarting Explosive Behavior: A Visual System of Support and Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

·         Paper Words: Discovering and Living with My Autism    

·         Practical Solutions for Stabilizing Students with Classic Autism to Be Ready to Learn: Getting to Go!        

·         The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment: A Guide for Individuals With Autism Spectrum and Other Social-Cognitive Challenges (co-authored)

·         The Power of Words: How we talk about people with autism spectrum disorders matters! (DVD)

Amy V. Jaffe, MSW, author of …

·         My Book Full of Feelings: How to Control and React to the SIZE of Your Emotions – An Interactive Workbook for Parents, Professionals & Children

Sherry A. Moyer, MSW, author of …

·         The ECLIPSE Model; Teaching Self-Regulation, Executive Function, Attribution, and Sensory Awareness to Students with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism, and Related Disorders

Lisa Ackerson Lieberman, MSW

·         A “Stranger” Among Us: Hiring In-Home Support for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Neurological Differences


Getting into graduate school in social work: Information about the MSW, the DSW and the PhD. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://socialworkschool.tripod.com/mswordsworphd.html

Kuther, T. (n.d.). What is a social worker? About Education. Retrieved from http://gradschool.about.com/od/alliedhealth/g/socialworkerdef.htm



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