Graduate Admissions Essay for Social Work

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Running head: CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK 1

Clinical Social Work Admission Essays
March 17, 2012

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK 2

Part I (Autobiographical Essay): What were the significant factors that influenced your choice of social work? What skills and experiences do you have that will contribute to your success as a graduate student and social work professional? How is the GCSW a good place for you to build on those skills? 2 pages, double spaced, 12 point font

The one real mistake I believe we can make in life is to not learn from missteps

and challenges that come our way. In fact, it is in
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Further, I can work with populations benefitting from privilege and those who are not benefitting. Mainly, I can expand upon current knowledge through my

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK 5 current education and future learning, with a specific interest in developing long term policy and structural goals and solutions, negotiating differences and conflicts at system interfaces, and applying capacity building and preventive approaches at all levels of practice. Finally, on a macro-level there are some areas I can focus my attention as a social worker. These areas are policy practices, program evaluation, program development, and social program administration. These goals are all consistent with my idea of how to work toward social justice. Part III (Social Issue Essay): Discuss a social issue that is of concern to you and relevant to social work practice. Share ideas about key factors contributing to the issue as well as possible ways to address the problem. 1 – 2 pages, double spaced, 12 point font.

The social issue that is of concern to me and that I would like to discuss is the abuse of prescription drugs in the United States. This issue was first of concern to me when I saw my brother use prescription medication inappropriately and watched his difficulties with drug use begin. NIDA (2010) describes the problem as “Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by the

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