Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

I’m happy: A social worker’s story

A wonderful post written by a social worker who is happy they are a social worker. It is not too often that one reads this. Quite often when I am on LinkedIn and Twitter, I read how unhappy and unfulfilled many helping professionals are.

This is a mindset of the professional. Circumstances, finances, bureaucracy can make one unhappy-but there must be something one likes about their job for them to show up each day to engage and connect with clients/patients.

Why did you choose the profession? Think back to your early days as a social worker. What did you like about university, whether undergraduate or graduate?

Have you found your niche? Do you like youth, adults, seniors? Do you want to do direct practice or management?

Perhaps volunteer as a way to engage with a different population than what you currently work with. First, it gives you experience, but more importantly, you are filling a need-volunteers are always needed!

Using myself as an example, I always thought I would work with youth. My 2 internships were with youth in school social work and a community county mental health program and yet I have worked with seniors for the past 14 years. This is my niche. It took working with youth for 3 1/2 years before I figured it out though. I also always thought I would be a therapist and yet after 1 1/2 years and having to diagnose kids in order for the insurance companies to reimburse the agency I worked for, I realized not for me. I went into case management, which I have worked in for the past 15 years.

I also do group facilitation which I very much enjoy and I write. So, life changes as does your interests and this is OK.

Find your niche population. Find your passion. Collaborate with other professionals, and do not be afraid to make a change!

By Victoria Brewster, MSW

*original post of: A social worker’s story-

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