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How do I become a Case Manager for troubled/"at risk" youth?

I will have a BS in Sociology (Criminology) in December 2007. I have been job hunting and have some decent prospects, and I want to move to PA upon graduation, but if anyone had any pointers or suggestions I would be very thankful. I don't have very much experience, just a 3 month internship and a 6 month 'mentor' program that I was involved with. I don't expect much money but I am really passionate about this and am fearful about finding a job in this field when I graduate. Seems everyone wants people with a lot of experience. Any case managers out there? I would be willing to hear what you did in order to get your job! Are there any classes I should look into taking to help boost my chances? THANKS!

Asked By: goldfish65398 - 9/15/2006
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If you contact the department of children services or human services, whatever the name is, they could tell you how to go about it. The local police department could give you the names and numbers. In Oklahoma, we want people who are fresh in the field so they don't have any bad habits and aren't jaded. Good Luck
Answered By: ihave5katz - 9/15/2006
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If you are interested in moving to Florida, there are literally dozens of open social work jobs available with the Florida Department of Education.
Answered By: Pundit - 9/15/2006
 
i would go to the local DHS office and talk to them and they could help you out.
Answered By: christine o - 9/15/2006
 
Was your internship in working with the youth? If so, that will help a lot. Also, are you volunteering with the youth, at risk or not? Make sure you are participating in functions that relate to children so that prospective employers know you are serious. They want to see that you are dedicated in helping.
Answered By: Christine - 9/15/2006
 
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