Finding The Right Path to Be a Social Worker How to become a social worker can be a complex question to answer. Historically, social work has been a very generic…
You are interested in knowing whether being a mental health social worker is for you. Let me be the first to say, it is no picnic. I’ve been in the mental health field now for about seven years and worked with a lot of people. I became aware of several characteristics that seemed to really help newcomers fit in and stick around for the long haul.
Social work is an eclectic field composed of many soft skills. Regardless of the therapeutic approach, a social worker must be fluent in a multitude of theories that can help a client open up and reach their goals. This post is to help you enhance your foundation and begin pushing through your own limits. Here are 4 skills you must learn to break through your comfort zone and enhance your professional development.
Resumes are dolled up so the reader infers more fruitful experiences. Worse yet, as a hiring manager, there may be a specific degree you’re looking for and must interview someone whose resume looks like their cat walked across the keyboard as they hit submit.
If you aren’t busy enough, your boss is requiring you to meet with them once per week. I think it’s safe to say that meeting for clinical supervision isn’t always our highest priority. We often feel begrudged walking into the boss’s office scratching our head on what to say. Worse yet, we sometimes know exactly what we don’t want to say.
So, you have decided to go back to school for your Master of Social Work. There are several steps to consider, and depending on your individual circumstances, you may need a different type of program than traditional classroom instruction. Getting an advanced degree can be very difficult while maintaining full time employment- add family and any other obligations, and you may begin to feel it is impossible.
If I broke my leg and hobbled around on crutches, there’s a good chance that I would get support from others: emotional encouragement, employer accommodation, and at minimum a general understanding that I currently have limitations. But it can heal with the right treatment. We view many ailments in this manner even elective surgery that can place burden on those around you. And yet, when someone reports that they aren’t as productive as they were a week ago due to depression, judgments and labels are thrown on this person that further weighs them down.
In the years that I have been in social work, there are two words I almost always hear used in close proximity: advocate and enable. At our foundation, we are case managers first. We assure that those with barriers are able to meet basic needs. However, somewhere in that process, we go too far. Colloquially, we seem to know the difference, yet in our interactions, we are evidently blind to this disparity. How then, do we advocate rather than enable and show the boss we know the difference?