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TOPIC TITLE: Doing something with my experiences
Created On 5/18/09 8:32 PM
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downandout
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I've been thinking along the lines of possibly going for my MA in social work. I just feel like with everything I've gone through (and am still going through), I would have the knowledge and empathy necessary to make a good SW.
I'm just nervous. Maybe I'm just imagining myself as someone who will help others, when really I don't know how to do it? Maybe I really won't be so good, and I won't even have the stamina necessary to get me through the courses? Maybe it's not good for me to go into social work - people's stories might trigger me... I'm scared to get started at something that I don't know will be good for me, and I don't know if I'll be any good at.
Some people who know me are encouraging me to do it. I just don't know...
Advice?
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killedlastyear
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5/18/09 8:49 PM
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well...you haven't even started the courses yet so there's nooo way you'd know now how good you'd be. and even after school you won't really know until you start and get some experience. i doubt anyone's really all that good in the begining. but having knowledge is helpful. you also have empathy on your side which is something that will really help i think.
maybe try taking a class? just one to begin with. so you can see if you're up for the schooling part.
if the class isn't specific for social work i'd suggest getting some books out and doing some research about specific cases that social workers deal with. see how you feel after reading detailed cases (i'm talking about trigger level). that might help you be able to judge that...
but seriously as far as being good at it, i have confidence you can do great. the world needs more caring social workers who are doing the job for the right reasons. but of course your mental/emotional health is number one priority so first "test out the waters" before jumping straight in to see if this seems like a good idea.
 
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5/18/09 9:53 PM
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ditto.
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5/19/09 12:10 AM
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KLY pretty much said it all, but my two cents anyway:
Your emotional health definately comes first. Only you can say if you feel ready to be helping others deal with their issues. What does your therapist think about it?
If you do feel ready to help others, I know you'll be great at it IY"H .
About classes - is there a way to customise how many classes you go for in one semester? That way, you take on only as much as you can handle. (i'm not in college so i'm not sure).
Hatzlacha!
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5/20/09 11:58 AM
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Thanks. I guess that makes sense - especially about testing out to see if i'm ready for it. I have this funny feeling that i'm not...
Thanks for the good advice.


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