Calling all Master's level social workers: I need you.
Tell me somethin' good. Tell me it's worth it. Tell me what you love about the life. How glad you are that you got your Master's.
That it makes a difference. All the way around.
I met a woman in Starbucks today. She overheard me talking to a friend behind the counter about school. She shared that she dropped out six weeks prior to graduation from a MSW program in another state. Said she couldn't reconcile her own beliefs about addiction with the disease concept. Even though she, like me, lost her sister to addiction.
I lost a sister and a brother. My mother and my father struggled with addictions most of their lives. I believe alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases.
She thinks people need to get over it. I know it's not that simple.
She also said the MSW program is too much work for $30,000 dollars a year. Tell me I can make more than that! I know I can.
Here's the real deal: I am hungry, angry, lonely and tired. I have been on the road, in the office, on the job, at field practice, didn't get to have dinner with my husband, my dog doesn't remember me and ....
Tell me somethin' good.
--Ms. T. J.
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