A Day In The Life Of A Mental Health Social Worker In North Carolina

I first became interested in social work while working on my associate degree. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to major in, but I knew I really enjoyed my sociology and psychology classes. During this time, I also began working as a paraprofessional in a mental health agency. After […]

A Day In The Life Of A Veterans Affairs Social Worker In Michigan

I knew from the time I was a child that I either wanted to be a social worker or teacher because I wanted to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I knew that one person could make a difference, and I wanted to be that person. My very first […]

A Day In The Life Of A Mental Health Social Worker

I grew up surrounded by social work values and was inspired early on to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps. My grandparents took in foster youth for more than 50 years and it was through connecting with these children and hearing their stories that my passion was ignited. This experience led […]

A Day In The Life Of A Veterans Affair Social Worker

My morning starts with a 20-mile commute across Mobile Bay to the VA CBOC (Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic) in Mobile, Alabama. The sun is at my back and the water is smooth and glassy at this time of the morning. The peace of watching the brown pelicans diving […]

Build Awareness, Support For LGBT Homeless Youth

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth experience homelessness in a disproportionate rate compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Some studies suggest that 20 to 40 percent of street youth identify as LGBT. According to a 2007 report from the National LGBTQ Task Force, titled “An Epidemic of Homelessness," […]

Life Lessons My Adopted Children Taught Me

I became a father overnight. I awoke in the morning, still somewhat in a state of shock after having put my two sons to bed for the first time the night before. Never mind that I had prepared for several years to take on the role of a single, adoptive […]