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Social Services & Behavioral Health

Social workers help enhance the wellbeing of children and families, the elderly, people with mental health or substance abuse challenges, and people living in poverty. To be successful in social services occupations means being empathetic – understanding someone else’s feelings and perspectives – in order to help them. At Pima, you will learn about service delivery, case management, community outreach, prevention, and intervention – the building blocks of social work – as well as crisis intervention, youth services, behavioral health and group facilitation.

Great job prospects

The rate of job growth for Social Workers in Pima County through 2029 is 40%. The Pima County overall job growth rate is 16.9 percent. Source:  Arizona Career Information System
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Social workers get jobs in a variety of places, such as behavioral health settings, schools, child welfare agencies, hospitals, nonprofit community based organizations, and programs focusing on veterans, corrections, advocacy, developmental disabilities, rental and housing assistance and aging. A majority of Pima Social Services graduates go on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work at ASU School of Social Work in Tucson and many of those students will continue on to earn a Master’s Degree (MSW). Other Pima SSE graduates attend the the University of Arizona (Human Services or Family Studies and Human Development)

Academic Options

Earn an AA in Liberal Arts and transfer to a University to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.


List of Degrees

AA - Associate of Arts   AAS - Associate of Science

List of Certificates

Contact Information

Division of Social Sciences 
Dean: 520.206.3375
Email: socialservices-info@pima.edu
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