Welcome to The How to Social Worker

Hey folks, my name is Ben Barrett. I’m a social worker and addictions counselor who has been through some pretty rough mental health struggles myself.  

I believe you don’t have to allow your mental health to affect your trajectory in life. 

It wasn’t all that long ago that I was severely depressed, anxious, and nearly in need of psychiatric commitment.  Flash forward to today, I worked my way up to managing a huge department of caseworkers serving adults with mental illness.

My Degrees includes:

    • North Carolina State University- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature
    • Western Michigan University- Master of Social Work and Graduate Certification in Alcohol and Drug Abuse
    • Current Licensures: Limited License Master of Social Work and Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Professional Experience Includes:

    • Case Management
    • Program Development and Management
    • Individual Therapy
    • Addictions Counseling and Supervision

 Does Mental Health Matter?

Yes!  Unfortunately, this topic has a lot of bad PR right now.  Those with mental health conditions are stigmatized on a regular basis.  We are believed to be dangerous or quirky. Yet, mental health is just as important as physical health.  Our bodies are totally connected.

You’re here because you want to help yourself and hopefully help others too.  Because hey- those with personal experiences make the best mental health professionals!  That may not be 100% true, but it sounds valid. 

It’s my intent to lend you the breadth of my knowledge and experiences so that you too can change life’s trajectory.

How Can I Help You?

I’m not a magician.  My words will not MAKE YOU do anything.  But this IS how I can help you: empowerment, sound tips, and skill development.  Ultimately, you have to put in the work. You have to implement the words on the page.

Despite this saying being a bit corny, it holds true: a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.  Each day that you implement something new or try to maintain change is one day closer you are to creating habits.

If you struggle with mental health- you must begin to change your thought patterns.  If you are expanding your mental health career- you must build skills and step out of your comfort zone.

Doing the same thing and hoping for change is a recipe for depression and hopelessness.  

The How to Social Worker is your place to better your mental wellness and expand your mental health career.


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