A lot of people ask what I do. Well, I’m a social worker. Social work is an insanely broad field though, so let me narrow it down – I’m a supervisor at a local non-profit and I mainly deal with mental health. Read on for more details as to what I do on a day to day basis!
So, you take away people’s kids, right?
Nope. Not at all. In fact, my aim is to keep families together. I work with kids, families, and adults to help them identify, process, and solve their difficulties so that everyone can get along better and avoid involvement from the juvenile justice system or children’s services.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
The paperwork. Kidding! Sort of. Lots of things. Budget cuts. Being shortstaffed. Inadequate training. State and federal regulations. Frustration at not being able to help more. Seeing families and children who have been traumatized.
What kind of education do you need?
I have a Master’s in Social Science Administration (MSSA), which is the equivalent of a Master’s in Social Work (MSW). I also hold an independent supervisory license, meaning I can practice without a supervisor and supervise those who are looking to obtain their independent license. You can practice with a bachelor’s degree in social work, but it’s going to be less clinical.
What’s the best part of your job?
Hands down, my clients. I learn so much from them and seeing their progress is the most rewarding part of my job.
If you weren’t a social worker, what would you be doing?
Honestly? I’d be a zookeeper for elephants. Or capybaras.
How did you get involved in this?
I originally wanted to be a pediatrician, actually. However, sitting in Cellular and Molecular Biology my sophomore year of college, I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to be doing. I knew I still wanted to help people, so I looked into social work. And…the rest is history!
Share with me: What’s your dream job? What do you do now?