Recently, I was contacted by one of my readers who has been contemplating entering graduate school for Social Work, but was unsure of what direction to pursue because of uncertainty about the options that were available in terms of choosing a career path.
Social Work students are paying high tuition cost and are going in debt to work for free. Higher education use to mean a better life, and a better shot at the American Dream. Agencies are benefiting, Schools of Social Work are benefiting, but what about the person assuming all the cost. The purpose of the internship is to gain work experience. However, students are not being considered for positions for lack of paid experience despite working extensive internships for free. Public Sector practitioners often have to leave paid work in order to intern for free if they want to earn a coveted Social Work degree. Where is the lesson in that? We simply do not live in an era where loss of income due to unpaid work is feasible.
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking at the National Rural Social Work Conference about issues facing LGBT youth in rural areas. At the beginning of the workshop, the audience was presented with a list of LGBT terms, and a section specifically outlining terms that are derogatory to…
Earlier today I was reminded of a post I made in January, Pregnant And Pushed Out, that dealt with an OP-ED piece from the NY Times. In Her OP-Ed Dina Bakstdiscussed how pregnant women are being pushed out of the job because there is currently no law…
If your goal is to work for an agency providing services to women or the GLBT community then a minor in women and gender studies can be useful. I completely agree with your thoughts on needing a specialization to help you stand out.
I’m thinking about getting a minor in women and gender studies. My major is nonprofit leadership and managment and since my degree seems kind of gerneralized I was thinking this minor would help me stand out in the nonprofit field as a type of specialization. I’d love some thoughts on this, any advice?
Inspiration porn shames people with disabilities. It says that if we fail to be happy, to smile and to live lives that make those around us feel good, it’s because we’re not trying hard enough. Our attitude is just not positive enough. It’s our fault. Not to mention what it means for people whose disabilities are not visible, like people with chronic or mental illness, who often battle the assumption that it’s all about attitude. And we’re not allowed to be angry and upset, because then we’d be “bad” disabled people. We wouldn’t be doing our very best to “overcome” our disabilities.
We’ve watched the definition of “conscience clause” be expanded to include everyone from nurses and data entry workers at hospitals to bus drivers refusing to drop off patients at clinics. But now a prison guard refused to allow a rape victim to take the second dose of emergency contraception (which prevents fertilization) claiming it was “against her beliefs.” That’s a new one.
A Tampa woman whom we only know as R.W., was raped. She was treated by the rape crisis center, who gave her two emergency contraception pills, one to be taken immediately and one to be taken 12 hours later. When she reported the rape to the police, they uncovered an arrest warrant on R.W. for failure to pay restitution and failure to appear. After she was arrested, a Hillsborough County guard confiscated her second pill, claiming it was against her religious beliefs.
But this is exactly what happens when “conscience” is allowed to trump a woman’s rights to avoid pregnancy. R.W. is suing the sheriff’s office, and as well she should. This isn’t just about women denied access when jailed (Although that in itself is problematic — should a woman fear reporting a crime because she may be arrested? Not to mention the fact that women who are sexually assaulted while in jail may also be at the whim of a guard or someone in authorityin obtaining access to emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy).
No, this case also brings to light how those who are “in charge” when it comes to dispensing are able to inflict their own moral beliefs onto someone else. In states like Kansas, which seek to expand conscience clauses well beyond health workers, the putative “rights” if those who wield power are being allowed to trump those of the patient in need.
On writing my personal statement essay for my MSW application??
Form what I can recall, I went into detail about what inspired me to become a social worker; how I grew up in a socially conscious family and what I had done (as a volunteer and an undergrad) that demonstrated my commitment to social justice.
It seems like it was just yesterday that I finished graduate school and began licensure supervision, yet here I am with only a few more supervision sessions left before approval to practice as an LCSW-P. The “P” is for provisional. It’s provisional because there is one final hoop to jump through:…
I wanted to take a couple of moments to continue my previous post with something I’d wanted to mention, but it was getting a little long and, quite honestly, I forgot. I wrote about the healthcare industry, and mentioned how it benefits from the population getting and staying sick. I also…
There does not appear to be much in the way of part time work out there right now. I suggest doing some research and making a list of nearby organizations that you are interested in working for. Then send a letter of inquiry with your resume.