Question: Social Work or Counseling? Which Degree Should I Choose?
I am in desperate need of advice. I am a practicing attorney, but have always wanted to be a therapist or counselor. I am gearing up to make the career change and am trying to decide whether to pursue a M.S.W. or Masters in Counseling. Which do I choose?
Answer: In my opinion, you're probably better off with the MSW for several reasons.
- First, the public has more familiarity with it; most people have heard of a social worker and have a general understanding of the MSW degree.
- Second, (and this one is important), you can be credentialed/licensed in all states with it. This is also true of the master's in counseling, but the path to credentialing is less clear - it can take more work to demonstrate your competence (in some states).
- Third, (also critical!) insurance companies have no qualms about reimbursements for MSWs.