Social workers provide counseling and related services to children, youth and adults in hospitals, public health centers, and outpatient clinics and in homes, schools, and jails. With a particular emphasis on helping people who are oppressed and living in poverty, social workers focus both on the person and their environment; counseling individuals during times of crisis and advocating for systems to change to better meet the needs of vulnerable people.
Social work is one of the fastest growing fields. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that social work career options will increase by 16% through 2026 with employment opportunities in behavioral health, health care, child welfare, substance use, justice, program development, and community organizing. Over the last decade, Montana has had a consistent need for social workers to work as therapists for Comprehensive School & therapists for Comprehensive School and Community Treatment; Community Treatment (CSCT) programs in local schools, clinical social workers in integrated behavioral health programs, outpatient therapists, child protection specialists, and social workers in local human service organizations.