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I Am a Social Worker

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Oct 16, 2011

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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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    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

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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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

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    Kikoup Kikoup 18-21, M Jun 26, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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 3 Responses Mar 19, 2014

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    rainboweveryday rainboweveryday 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 12

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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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    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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    I'm quite the anti social in public. I talk to a few people I know online but otherwise I'm very closed socially. people didn't like me in school because I never talked. I was...
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    Today my social anxiety strikes again. I got involved with speaking in front of my colleagues at work. I got so nervous, my hands and my lips started to shake uncontrollably and...
    Armdrifter Armdrifter 31-35, M 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    I have social anxiety disorder and I've had it for almost 4 years... Although I've been quite shy all my life. I'm not putting this on for sympathy or anything like that, I just...
    PeacefulAngel01 PeacefulAngel01 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    Happy May Day everyone! "Workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!"
    Benny412 Benny412 31-35, M 1 Response May 1

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    so I feel.embarrassed I told me co workers on my first day that I was getting bad anxiety..but I couldn't help it this new gen of kids is so rude ...
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 4 Responses May 3

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    I didn't know how bad my social anxiety was until recently. It has effected me negatively in the following.. I recently declined a career altering job interview because I was just...
    kikimayes kikimayes 22-25, F 5 Responses May 16

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    Crushes should be the last thing on my mind with the fact I've been in a relationship for 8 years. I did have a crush on a co-worker until a few weeks ago but she suddenly was...
    Dreamer19845 Dreamer19845 31-35, M 2 Responses May 5

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    I left this pic in my married co-workers desk. I think he's hot and , frankly, i think i'm hot. He's been looking at it all day and getting pretty hard. I didn't wear a bra today...
    sunnyup sunnyup 46-50, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    I have always been socially awkward ever since I was younger and I spent almost all of my high school years just trying to fit in. I did 'fit in' for a while. It wasn't that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 8

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    So I guess this has been a long term, like almost my entire life experience. Ever since grade school I haven't had many friends, and the ones I did, I think they were just using me...
    ImOnlyMe84 ImOnlyMe84 26-30, F 1 Response May 17

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