I Am a Social Worker

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 216 People

    Just About To Hit The Road-a-runnin'

    Hey everyone, my name is Mick, and I am old - 47 - and just really for the first time taking on the prospect of both having a real, bonafide career, and also that career being one that makes a difference and contribute to people. I am getting my MSW at the end of a long, soon to...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Nov 21, 2010

    Completely Burned Out

    I am so burned out but can't leave the profession because of my student loans. I have an MSW and have worked in almost all areas of practice. The only area I feel that I could enjoy is hospice but there are none hiring in my area and don't want to move far away from family. I...
    Dsmtay Dsmtay
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Sep 18, 2012

    Almost 30 Years and Still Glad About It

    I have an MSW and have been a social worker, mostly in health care and pediatric health settings.  I encourage anyone who wants to try to make a difference to consider this profession.
    msbmsw msbmsw
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Jul 23, 2008

    I found a great site to get my continuing

    education credits! I thought that I'd share the coupon with my fellow counselors. Get $10 off a one year unlimited subscription or $15 off a two year unlimited subscription. Expires on 08/19/2015. ce4less com coupon code = 108409
    love2helpu love2helpu
    31-35, M
    Mar 9, 2015

    I should state that I am a prospective social

    worker. I am a 33 year old student, with 10 years of military experience. I deployed three times. I'd like to use my degree to do behavioral health therapy with veterans. We'll see how it goes. I'm genuinely interested in many of the challenges our society faces now. LGBT...
    cw2pieper cw2pieper
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2014

    Do You Know Any Happy, Upbeat, Fun And Positive Social Workers Who Leave Work At Work?

    I'm my mom's only child. She likes social work but she's been through so much herself that the stress of social work sometimes just pushes her over the edge. She resents people who have easier jobs. She vents to me every day (no specifics or details, just how she feels drained...
    coconutkitten coconutkitten
    26-30, F
    Jun 24, 2013

    I had a social worker

    who acted as my friend outside of therapy , after she quit her job and was no longer my therapist and said it was ok to text her and ask her questions so I did and thought it was ok. She answered any question I had for her about her personal life. She said we can hangout and do...
    twistedwords twistedwords
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Apr 18, 2014

    I am a Social Worker

    who currently is working with individuals with developmental disorders and have state waivers for services. I have been doing this for two years after working 8 years as a foster care case manager for children in state custody. I have to say I miss the children who I worked with...
    CarpeDiemBrady CarpeDiemBrady
    36-40, F
    1 Response Aug 31, 2015

    Cycle Of Love And Hate

    In my years of working with social/development workers as they deal with children and family situations, I observed that children who love doing wrong things to other people and to themselves usually have a problematic family (divorced/separated parents, nagging parents, busy...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    4 Responses May 5, 2013

    Student/Want To Know More.

    I am currently attending college to become a social worker. I want to know more! I feel as if these text books and teachers are giving me bland ideas of what it truly means to be a social worker. Any help?
    almosttheir almosttheir
    18-21, F
    Sep 4, 2013

    Social Worker

    I had one who I loved.  This person was WOW...I couldn't be any happier.Years later, I'm thinking about something and BAM, this person wasn't all that honest regarding a problem which made me go WHAT?  I got a little disapointed which isn't too much of this person's fault...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr
    36-40, F
    Mar 3, 2012

    No One to Talk to

    I'm a social worker. Looking back at my life, I think I've always been one. I'm the oldest of 4 siblings, 2 of which I've taken care of since birth in some way. Helping others is my passion and purpose in life and I would never, nor do I think I could ever, stray from this...
    gastro82 gastro82
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Sep 16, 2009

    I am a Junior in high school

    and the clock is ticking. I would really appreciate it if some social worker here spoke with me. I have a few questions.
    Adamquinn Adamquinn
    16-17, M
    Mar 12

    I work for child protective services

    for the state of Kentucky. I feel my job and what I do is often misunderstood. So I want to clear up some questions some may have. Ask away :)
    kinley121 kinley121
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Mar 19, 2014
    rainboweveryday rainboweveryday
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 12, 2015

    I am new to the social work field,

    as a social worker and would like to know--is the social work workplace really supposed to be this stressful??? It's honestly not even just the clients that stress me out, it's mostly the co-workers I work with. I feel at the end of the week, I have more bad days than good. I am...
    jlg7071 jlg7071
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 3, 2013

    Kindred Spirits

    I have been social worker for over 30 years.  I have worked with just about every group who have the need for a social worker. Today I completed a post master's certification course in clinical supervision. I would love to get my docterate but i have to get my kids through...
    sue1 sue1
    46-50, F
    1 Response Mar 7, 2008

    I Am a Social Worker and Student

    I work as a Case Manager with African American and other minority foster children. I have had this job for approximately a year. This is the first job I have had in this field. I have to say that Social Work is not what I thought it would be it seems to be a lot of facing...
    vgraves vgraves
    26-30, F
    Jul 17, 2008

    Hi All, Do you have an interest

    or opinions on the criminal justice system - be it from working in the system or having friends or family who have been to jail - and you're looking for the experience of a lifetime, please get in touch with me. I am casting for a groundbreaking televised social experiment that...
    kmc897 kmc897
    26-30, F
    Sep 28, 2015


    I met frank in 1996. He was discharged after a three year hospitalization at the state hospital for beating his mother of the head with an iron frying pan. She was not injured, I do not know how she was not but she visited him every single week at the state hospital which was...
    Amala82962 Amala82962
    46-50, F
    Oct 23, 2011


    "not guilty by reason of insanity". That is what Debbie needs to live with for the rest of her life. She attacked her land lord then a policeman. She thought the landlord had a key to her apartment and was coming in and tainting her food. She spent 5 years in a state hospital...
    Amala82962 Amala82962
    46-50, F
    Oct 16, 2011

    Looking For An Interview

    I am taking a class and need to conduct an interview. I would like to interview someone with the same profile as me. I am 51 and thinking about changing careers but feel somewhat old in my class. I would like to interview (apporx. 12 questions) someone who may have gotten a...
    rob93 rob93
    Sep 27, 2012


    She was the first client I layed eyes on at the agency I still work for. I was interviewing at the group home she lived in at the time. She answered the door. She commented many many years later a out how pretty the dress was that I had in that day. I was struck by the length...
    Amala82962 Amala82962
    46-50, F
    Nov 2, 2011


    ron was a very successful real estate agent who owned his own business. he and his brother were well known on the north shore and then ron has a psychotic break. his world collapsed around him and he found himself in a state psychiatric hospital. his world was no longer real...
    Amala82962 Amala82962
    46-50, F
    Nov 6, 2011

    Why I Chose Social Work

    Life became very sticky for me when my daughter had a stroke at age three. While having to deal with many organisations they were not really providing me with the personal support i needed to assist my daughter in her recovery and they didn't really have an idea of where i...
    perl263106 perl263106
    31-35, F
    Apr 11, 2012

    I Created Socialworkhelper.com

    After graduating from my MSW program, it was very difficult for me to gain employment. I felt depressed, isolated,and alone. I decided to go back to school for technology and continue to live off of student loans. I desperately wanted to connect with other social workers, but I...
    SWHelper SWHelper
    Apr 21, 2012

    An interesting read on sleep loss

    and mood. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/between-you-and-me/201308/all-night-the-effects-sleep-loss-mood
    love2helpu love2helpu
    31-35, M
    Mar 10, 2015


    For about two years working with youth in foster care, I had not cried over a child leaving my facility. In most cases, the children usually moved on to happier home situations with grandparents, foster families, or parents that managed to put their lives back together. Usually...
    SchroederandLucy85 SchroederandLucy85
    Jul 25, 2012

    Social Worker Soon To Be

    I spent most of my adult life being a parent to my 4 wonderful children. When my children got to the age they did not need me, I deiced it was time to focus on a career. I was have a dry spell in my marriage and was seeing a MSW for counseling. It was then I found my passion...
    chelle2013 chelle2013
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jul 8, 2013

    Youth Are My Passion.

    Hi everyone!    I just recently finished my diploma in Social Work and just got my fancy title as an RSW. I was also accepted into a bachelors program through the University of Victoria! I am so excited! I have been working in the field since I started school and...
    sng84 sng84
    26-30, F
    8 Responses May 7, 2010

    I Want To Be A Social Worker!

    Hi, My names Megan and im 16 years old. I really want to be a social worker, but i don't know what courses i have too take?! In september I will be doing my A-levels. I have took Health and Social Care. I don't know what too take in College/University. Please could someone help...
    Megan9876 Megan9876
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jul 17, 2012


    Her name is Jane. I began working with her in 1996. My first meeting with her I was amazed at her size. Also her distinct body odor. She had a delusional fear of water being tainted. Although she tended to her personal hygiene, no shower or bath for ten years took it's toll...
    Amala82962 Amala82962
    46-50, F
    Oct 16, 2011


    Donald was a Handsome blond haired blue eyed athlete at a prestigious local high school. When he was a senior he has a psychotic break. In a matter of months his life was turned upside down by mental illness. He was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. He was placed in a...
    Amala82962 Amala82962
    46-50, F
    Oct 16, 2011

    Any social worker willing to let me ask

    questions about the field, degrees needed, what the educational process is like, and help guide me through.
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme
    22-25, F
    Sep 21, 2015

    I think that a lot of people have a

    misconception about what Social Workers do. I stepped into the field this year and it has been such a huge experience so far. It is by no means an easy job, but it is rewarding and even fun! I think we need to redefine the picture that people have of social workers. I'll be...
    SWZgirl SWZgirl
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 11, 2015

    Working In Crisis Intervention

    I am a social worker. That is my profession, not my job title. My current job is a supervisor of a crisis intervention program for at-risk adolescents. It is sometimes a very frustrating job. The underlying conditions that lead the adolescents to be locked out by their parents...
    sllyons00 sllyons00
    51-55, M
    6 Responses Jan 19, 2008

    One of the best things in life is living a

    purposes filled life. I love helping people, making a difference & change. I don't want to merely exist but I want to inspire & encourage. Love is free so let's freely give it.
    NotperfectEver NotperfectEver
    41-45, F
    1 Response Aug 18, 2015

    Working With Youth

    Hi Everyone!! :-) I am only new to the field of social work, I finished my bachelor of social work three years ago.... For my first two and a bit years as a new graduate I worked for the government in crisis intervention. For the past few months I have been working in a NGO...
    pisces24 pisces24
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Oct 14, 2008

    My Passion Is Homeless Adults

    I really love working with homeless people.  Its very interesting, rewarding, and challenging.  I have to know the local resources, info. on mental illness and addictions, crisis intervention and a whole wealth of other information.  It's very intellectually...
    bythegrl bythegrl
    2 Responses Jun 26, 2010
    Kikoup Kikoup
    18-21, M
    Jun 26, 2014

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