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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 18-21, F 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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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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    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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    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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    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 3 days ago

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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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    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 5 Responses May 5, 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 18-21, F Apr 4

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    Related Experiences

    Anyone who posts to this thread, get the bachelors but please get the masters too and your opportunities will be greater. I have completed the masters and have seen the frustration...
    mrrabbitdigital mrrabbitdigital 46-50, M Apr 6

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    Why be honest if your the only one playing by these rules! Social Workers are a bunch of lying bastards, if they haven't got enough on you than they make it up. This is not...
    darkasmidnight darkasmidnight 31-35, F Apr 5

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    Okay not extreme social anxiety... but I am honestly afraid to ask anyone to hangout with me. I get so nervous to ask people to do stuff. And it's starting to really bother me.
    natalie433 natalie433 16-17, F 2 hrs ago

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    My friend asked me to go with him to our neighbors birthday party. He wanted me to meet his co workers. I could only stay for about 20 minutes before the small chit chat turned...
    SuperGinger41 SuperGinger41 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm kind of ok when it come to one on one conversations. It's the talking in group (especially co workers) that I would rather avoid. I am a work in progress .
    xMissTix xMissTix 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 26

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    I wonder if there are any outside sources of support for employees who have been traumatized in their workplaces and have slipped through the net, unable to get help from social...
    helpwithdisability helpwithdisability 41-45 1 Response Apr 10

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    The meeting point of social activism and political influence..... I have always admired the work of Medha Patkar since college times. My initial interest came from a regional...
    thoughtbubble thoughtbubble 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 5

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    And I'm bustin it square in the chops... Okay check it out social mizfitz... You're a wreck in the world some days right? People seem all frakked up around u and ud like some...
    SShawnO SShawnO 41-45, M Mar 24

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    I am sick of this social anxiety and social phobia. I am a shell of what I once was. I have always suffered from anxiety and depression but seemed to manage with the help of...
    GroundedButterfly81 GroundedButterfly81 31-35, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I witnessed some cases where people with not-so-obvious disabilities in the workplace where discriminated against - treated unfairly in the following ways: Sexual harassment...
    helpwithdisability helpwithdisability 41-45 1 Response Apr 10

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    Any light workers here? If you are, I would love to meet you! :D
    valerian777 valerian777 41-45, M 1 day ago

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    I have always had to deal with this my whole life! It is a hard thing to deal with, but I'm getting through it! I've realized now that I am who I am and if someone doesn't like...
    jamystery jamystery 18-21, F Mar 22

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    This is probably my worst problem. I want to be social so effing bad. My boyfriend is a social butterfly. He is THE social butterfly. He isn't scared to talk to anyone, he is so...
    Nessybabi Nessybabi 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 23

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    Social anxiety is from low self esteem and self shame. Tell me, have you ever seen someone who thought highly of themselves have social anxiety? I don't think so, I never have. Or...
    trippyprincess trippyprincess 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    I've always been quiet at school and one of my friends always points out that I'm quiet and anti-social. I hate it when he says that because I'm not anti-social. Just because...
    xjazzymainex xjazzymainex 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    I just turned 34, and I am seeking treatment for social anxiety, in earnest, for the first time in my life. It was pretty severe and is still at least moderate. I've made some...
    bewareofpity bewareofpity 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 5

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    So it's got to that time of night where I feel like a big ball of sadness yet again, it's day in day out...I'm getting tired of feeling like this constantly, I guess most of my...
    leahmusic96 leahmusic96 16-17, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    It may not be as bad as others, but social situations scare the crap out of me. I hate being around a lot of people, but I'll tolerate it if needed. I just don't like big groups of...
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I'm not sure i actually have social phobia or not, but the other day my friend said that I was showing "classic signs of social phobia." I've always been very shy and find it very...
    madelinemaryann madelinemaryann 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    Viewing *********** is a delusional act. You're essentially releasing your social tensions without any real social experiences.
    shadow010 shadow010 26-30, M Mar 24

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    I have social anxiety. From my experience social anxiety is shame related and this is what I learned so far: For example if your fat and your telling yourself every day that "I'm...
    ReliK ReliK 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 24

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    I would rather socialize online than in person, I avoid school events at my college, I do not enjoy going to local malls, I hate riding lightrail and public busses. Half the time I...
    LezPride LezPride 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    Feeling awkward in amongst people and thier conversations.. being the odd one out.. feeling stupid and nervous when your around people... just cant help it. Its like my emotions...
    jaym0699 jaym0699 18-21 Mar 28

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