rennick said:As a family, is there anything, other than considering coping with regular absences and relocation, we should take into consideration?
AFAIK, Social Work Officer is a Reg Force only trade and does not exist in the Res Force. Most CF bases employ a mixture of military and civilian social workers, so another option would be to seek employment as a civilian SW on a military base. I recommend that your husband discuss his intentions in joining the CF with your local recruiting centre. Your local reserve unit, even if it is a Res Field Amb, would not be able to fully employ a SWO with a MSW.rennick said:How in-demand is the Social Work field in the military? Would you suggest starting with reserves and going from there, or (considering how long the app process seems to potentially take) instead starting right in with a reg. force application.
The Canadian Forces employ social work officers (SWOs) whose
qualifications are recognized by the Canadian Association of Social
Workers, and who subscribe to the code of ethics of that Association. SWOs
provide a network through which all personnel and units can receive
3. SWOs are qualified to treat CF members who have psycho-social
problems. As dependants exert a significant influence on a member's
military effectiveness and are often intimately involved in the member's
problem, they are entitled to have access to social work services. The
military family is therefore an important area in which the SWO may be
asked to provide assistance.
4. The availability of a specialized social work service does not lessen
an officer's or NCM's overall responsibility for the general welfare of
subordinates. If a problem persists after an officer or NCM has attempted
to resolve it the SWO should be viewed as a resource person whom the
officer or NCM may then consult, work in conjunction with, and/or refer
SCOPE OF SOCIAL WORK SERVICES
9. SWOs are professionally qualified to assess, diagnose, treat,
undertake consultation and make recommendations concerning a variety of
psychosocial problems. These include:
a. compassionate problems such as those involving an illness or
handicap of a member, dependant, or other close relative;
b. marital discord, separation or divorce;
c. individual and family problems resulting from a wide variety of
factors such as: misuse of alcohol and other drugs, unwanted
pregnancies, child behaviour, family violence, and financial
d. problems arising from the stress of military life on members and
their families; and
e. problems requiring the use of civilian social welfare resources
such as: services for physically handicapped or mentally retarded
children, mental health services, marriage counselling services,
adoption, and child welfare services as well as visiting
pontcanna said:Forgot to mention that reg force members I spoke to back in the day considered the Social Work speciality something of an unholy cross between the Chaplain and the MP - in other words, people to be avoided if at all possible.
Delaney1986 said:And finally, I have been hearing that the military is really short on Social Workers at the moment. But, they aren't willing to pay for you to get your bachelor of Social Work. Does anyone know why? Or if this might ever change in the future?
To be eligible for selection as a Social Work Officer, you need to possess a Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) or a Master's of Social Work (MSW) degree. If you only have a BSW, the CF does subsidize the MSW for selected candidates and therefore, you will need proof that you are accepted without any condition in a MSW program, in an accredited social work school at a Canadian university (the accreditation is from the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work). A concentration in clinical practice is required. You also need to be registered with the professional social work association of a Canadian province or territory.
This CMP Instruction is being put in place because...
The Canadian Forces (CF) has a need for Physiotherapists, Social Workers and Chaplains. For Physiotherapists, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association is changing the entry-level requirements from a Bachelor of Science to a Professional Entry-Level Masters program thus eliminating the ability to recruit Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) candidates for Bachelors degrees. The CF currently does not subsidize an Entry-Level Masters Program in physiotherapy. For Social Workers, the required degree for CF employment as a social worker is a Masters of Social Work (MSW) however it is difficult to recruit social workers with a MSW. For Chaplains, it is difficult with the small number of qualified clergy to recruit a sufficient number of chaplains to meet CF demands. Hence the CF must create a way to meet the need.
As an interim policy, the CF will subsidize Physiotherapists in the Entry- Level Masters program, Social Workers in the MSW program and Chaplains in the Masters of Divinity (MDiv) or equivalent program and for the time required to obtain the prerequisite pastoral experience under the authority of this instruction. Subsidized education for these masters programs will be governed by a new DAOD, Specialist Officer Training Plan (SOTP), upon its publication.