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I Am a Social Worker

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    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

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    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 22-25 Apr 21, 2012

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    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 1 Response Apr 18

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    Rosa

    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 26-30 Jul 25, 2012

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    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

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    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 51-55 Sep 27, 2012

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    Winona

    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

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    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 5 Responses May 5, 2013

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    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 36-40 2 Responses Jun 26, 2010

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Debbie

    "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

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    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

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    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 26-30 3 Responses Nov 21, 2010

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    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

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    Ron

    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

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    I am less than one month away from obtaining my

    Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. I have known I wanted to be a social worker since I was 12. For the past few months, I have been madly applying for jobs. I have had a few interviews but I have been turned down for all of them. Most recently, the agency went with someone with a...
    aliciae78 aliciae78 22-25, F Apr 4

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    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 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 8, 2013

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    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

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    Frank

    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

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    Kikoup Kikoup 18-21, M Jun 26

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    Jane

    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 1 Response Oct 16, 2011

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    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

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    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

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    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 2 Responses Mar 19

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    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

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    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

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    Donald

    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

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    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

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    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 1 Response Apr 16

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    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

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    Related Experiences

    Okay , I've been at my current job for about 2 months (I work at Starbucks ). I still have social anxiety. I don't really conversate with my co workers as much....I'm the youngest...
    girlygirl1995 girlygirl1995 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    All my life I have lived in fear of social rejection. My family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 6 and I could not speak a word of English. I was sent to live with my aunt who...
    MNRR MNRR 36-40 1 Response Jul 27

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    I certainly have social anxiety but not to the point that I cannot function socially at all. But each time that I go into a social situation, I do need to mentally prepare myself...
    NerdyGirl78 NerdyGirl78 36-40, F 5 Responses Jul 27

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    I'm not here to confess to you all that I am socially awkward. Which is not the case! I am here so people can talk to me, those who feel like they are socially awkward. The...
    Robertjames9 Robertjames9 22-25, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I am soo dissapointed in myself! Last weekend was my ultimate social test and I failed. It was my "sister in laws" babyshower. (boyfriend's brother's girlfriend). We dont really...
    viavleiviax viavleiviax 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Yes I do have social anxiety because if I am in social sitting... I tend to tension up and coughing. Those are one of the signs of social anxiety for me. So that is why I don't...
    mother1983 mother1983 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 2

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    So I know this is social media too and even EP annoys me sometimes, but I'm most annoyed with mainstream social media like Instagram, Facebook, and especially Twitter. There's...
    mattihope mattihope 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 14

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    I just can't stand being in a public place with lots of people. I just feel like i'm being judged, watched, or compared to. I just hate meeting new people and I just can't stand...
    NicoBunny6 NicoBunny6 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I am looking for anyone who works in the oilfield . I need to get back in the oilfield . I have 5 Yrs. of experience , I have worked on many types of rigs , Top drive, Kelly, flex...
    chrislawson chrislawson 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 25

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    I hate it when people who are expected to be supportive of others and then they end up picking favorites and decide that they are going to look at you like you can't amount to...
    stajapandabear stajapandabear 13-15, F a week ago

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    I will always prefer being on my own, listening to my music and reading a good book. I am not anti-social and when people are in my company, I put all distractions away and focus...
    anotherpasserby anotherpasserby 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    Currently i am not a social entrepreneur but driven by this idea of doing SOMETHING. Not just a social service but to create value in someone's life, by not just doing charities.I...
    tik17 tik17 26-30, M 6 days ago

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    This weekend I have been visiting my grandfather on he fathers side. And of course that meant multiple visits from my dad's cousins and other people I have never met. Add to that...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 25

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    Today was another crappy day. I think mostly because I am starting to feel bored. My little sister is on a vacation with her boyfriend, and I am left her with my overprotective...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M Jul 28

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    I think the worst way in which social anxiety affects me is with finding employment. I get so nervous when job hunting in person i'll often just do it online but I know it's...
    genericidiot genericidiot 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 29

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    How Socially Awkward Are You? I got: You are severely socially awkward.
    Promzee Promzee 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 6

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    All of these things seem to have been getting worse with time. It's nothing like cheese or wine. ._. I remember when I first came to EP I had a bunch of people in my circle and I...
    Ridiculousity Ridiculousity 18-21 1 Response Aug 6

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    I have social anxiety and Tourette's. That just about covers how I feel. And because of these diagnosis I'm also depressed a lot. And I'm naturally single. Alone. Miserable...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 9

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    I have social anxiety so being shy, quiet and socially awkward kind of falls into that diagnosis naturally. I have a hard time trusting other people. I rarely let someone inside...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 2 Responses Aug 9