Originally Posted by BlackSkirtTetra
I get what you're saying but in a way, this is not true. You're right that MSW programs train students in policy, nonprofit management, advocacy/activism, social role analysis, and other fields that psychology doesn't necessarily, but these things have A LOT to do with therapy insofar as they affect how therapy is carried out, when, where, and how it is offered, how it is funded or de-funded, which insurances are acceptable, why therapy is needed in the first place...the list goes on.
Good post -- I'd also add that most programs allow students to declare specific tracks or majors. So clinical students aren't learning too much about administration, and community organizers aren't poring over the DSM-IV.
Even with unlimited time and money, I'd pick my M.S.W. program every time. I like the balance that clinical social work offers between learning about the individual and the environment. This year, I'll be taking a seminar in psychodynamics and completing an internship at a counseling program, but I'll also be taking courses in policy. Policy affects practice, period, especially with my clients, who are mostly poor and of color, and have plenty of experience with unfair policing and bureaucracy nightmares.