Emerging Social Workers in the Era of COVID-19: Exploring Perceived Readiness and Training Needs

In addition to working in hospital and other healthcare settings, social workers are tasked with supporting clients in schools, the workplace, and the community. Social workers are typically not, however, trained to engage in emergency response practices such as the ones that may be necessary to address unique needs of clients due to COVID-19. Using the Social Work Self-Efficacy Scale, this study measures training received, training needs, and perceived self-efficacy with respect to tasks particularly relevant to social work practice during COVID-19 (e.g., build rapport via telehealth, understand policy changes, access resources for clients, etc.).

Participation is completely voluntary, and involves completing a one-time online questionnaire estimated to take 15 minutes to complete.

Only research investigators will have access to any data collected. You will not be asked to provide any personally identifying data. All data will be kept for 5 years and stored on password-protected computers in locked offices.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • 18 years or older
  • Enrolled in a BSW/MSW program or graduated from BSW/MSW program in 2020

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • Students in programs outside the U.S.
  • Recent graduates from non-U.S. programs

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UCF IRB#: STUDY00002125
PI: Susanny J. Beltran, PhD
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Recruitment End Date:
December 31, 2020
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 1
Expected time per visit: 15 minutes
Type: $5 Amazon gift card
Point of Contact:
Susanny J. Beltran, PhD
Associated Units:
Social Work
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