Community Action : Shortage of Social Workers

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Panel discussion regarding the shortage of social workers and what can be done to address this problem.
Panel includes moderator James Fogarty and guests Dr. Alex Rosen, Dean of NYU's Graduate School of Social Work; Dr. Alva C. Cooper, Director of Career Placement at Hunter College, and Louis Levitt, Executive Director of the Social Work Recruiting Center.


Rosen notes that there are more schools of social work then there had been in the past, and that enrollment is constantly growing. He also notes that there is a "Mature Woman" program in Westchester.


Cooper discusses young people's motivations when they select a career path, and why they might or might not pursue a career in social work.


Levitt speaks about a summer program for college students, the on the job training helps prepare young people for careers in social work.


The panel discuss prospects for social worker programs that utilize those without graduate degrees. They also talk about the ongoing need for state and federal money to fund programs, such as work study programs.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 70904
Municipal archives id: T767