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Social Work Month

March is National Professional Social Work Month! I think it may be the one time each year that social workers take the focus off of other people and turn it on themselves. Many organizations use Social Work month to recognize their staff’s hard work or educate their communites about their services. Other organziations such as the National Association of Social Workers use the month to raise awareness about the various aspects of social work. So, if you know a social worker let them know that you appreciate their work.

And I couldn’t write a post about social work without mentioning my pet peeve. Social Work is a unique profession that requires specific training. A social worker has a degree in social work. If anyone calls themself a social worker but does not have a degree in social work – in Tennessee (and many other states) they are actually breaking the law. A degree in psychology, sociology or counseling is not the same thing and does not count. I love when I tell someone that I am a social worker and they respond by saying “oh, I took a few sociology/psychology classes in college” and then I say “that’s great – I took 1 or 2 as electives.” :)

Even though you may not have had the opportunity to interact personally with a social worker you have probably benefited in some way or another from their work. They help people access government services, work with insurance companies to access benefits, public guardians to those who are unable to care for themselves, run non-profit agencies that empower communities, influence governments to enact laws that protect citizens, advocate on behalf of the betterment for all people.

Want to see what some real life social workers do? CLICK HERE for NASW’s: One Profession. Countless Possibilities

And a shout out to my friend Amy who has been accepted at Columbia School of Social Work along with several others! Yay, I am so excited for you and hope your interview with Hunter goes well.



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One Response to “Social Work Month”

  1. Amy says:

    Ahhhh…. you are kind.
    Thanks.
    During all of my essay writing, I went through carefully to make sure that I hadn’t called myself a Social Worker anywhere…. lest I upset the actual Social Workers, but I didn’t know there was a law involved… most amusing.

    Here’s hoping I make it your ranks :)