Originally Posted by titanz7
In your opinion, do you think that the MSW gives enough courses/training in the psychology and clinical aspect of therapy? I have been looking around different schools that claim to have strong clinical emphasis (NYU, Hunter, etc) but the course catalog listed about three or four courses that would be relevant to therapy. I'm wondering how that would be sufficient to perform therapy.
Aside from just the courses about therapy you will also want to find out how good the supervision because that nearly equals the importance of coursework. Do you record yourself? Do you have regular weekly meetings with at least one clinical supervisor? Do they critique those videos of you? Do you develop your own counseling theoretical orientation or do you have to subscribe to your supervisors? Do you get exposure to people who actually regularly practice, and if so, do those people represent a range of theoretical orientations? You can't learn therapy from just reading a book or sitting in a class . . . it's like learning how to ride a bike or swim by sitting through a class. The best way to learn is through actual experience.