Gatekeeping in BSW Programs

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Appendix 1
Questions for Student Admissions Essay
The following is a list of sample questions and prompts that may be used by programs in developing guidelines for students to write their admissions essay. These questions and prompts were culled from admissions materials provided by members of the National Task Group on BSW Gatekeeping Standards.Programs may want to include in the admissions materials a statement to the effect that admissions essays are confidential and will be treated as such. Addressing the confidential nature of shared information not only models expected professional behavior but also encourages students to be more candid in their responses to the questions.
1. Discuss the major reasons for your interest in the profession of social work.
2. Describe some of the successes you have achieved in school, work, and in your personal life.
3. Describe any barriers you have confronted in pursuing your education, work, and personal goals (e.g., physical disability, lack of funds, family crisis, etc.) and discuss how you worked to overcome those barriers.
4. Discuss the life events or experiences that have contributed to your interest in social work. You may wish to refer to family background and circumstances, work experiences; experiences as a consumer of social services provided by social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, or clergy; influence of education in general or of specific teachers; talents or skills; or

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