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Friday, September 30, 2011

Is It Genetic?

Just about 18 months ago, I had the lucky fortune of being able to sit around a table with a handful of relatives, spanning 4 generations. As we flipped through handed-down photo albums and tried to identify the people in the yellowed photos, I was writing down the memories being shared about each person. I began to notice a pattern; this side of my family tree had a surprisingly large number of people involved in social work.

It's caused me to wonder whether there may be some predisposition to our field. I'm not thinking just about who has attended a collegiate program or who has a license, I'm also considering who was known around the family (or around town) for being the go-to problem-solver, the one to turn to with problems, the one who took in the orphans, etc.

Do any of you have other social workers or those who were known for being "helpers" in your families?

1 comment:

  1. Kryss, interesting question!  And if there are several social workers in a family, is it "nature" or "nurture"?  THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER published an article in 1997 about social work couples--it is still online (in our old format) at http://www.socialworker.com/couples.htm