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Document Type

Masters Thesis

Study Type

Mixed methods


School for Social Work


Graduate students-Mental health services-Evaluation, Social work education-Psychological aspects, Social workers-Psychology, Social workers-Training of, Personal therapy, MSW students, MSW programs, Mental health services


This study sought to explore the mental health needs of clinical MSW students, and the degree to which they feel satisfied by the quality and quantity of mental health services provided to them by their schools. For this mixed-methods study, 111 current MSW students were surveyed, representing twenty eight different graduate programs. Participants reflected on their experiences with counseling services at their schools and commented on their level of satisfaction with the resources provided to them. Overall, 13% of respondents reported being “somewhat” or “very satisfied,” 31% were “not very” or “not at all” satisfied, and 50% were “neutral.” Areas suggested for improvement to these services included increasing availability and accessibility of services, providing better advertisement of available resources, improving the quality of services/personnel, and encouraging the pursuit of support. Asked whether clinical social workers should be required to seek personal counseling during their training, more than half believed that they should.




v, 74 pages. M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Ma., 2016. Includes bibliographical references (pages 60-64)

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