So many people has such a limited view of social workers and what we do as a profession. Why wouldn't you want to be credential and certified as a specialty. We are not just Case Managers and CPS workers, although very prominent and essential work, we delve deeper and we understand the individual as a whole and not in parts. We study who they are, why they behave the way they do and we study how family, culture, biology, spirituality, environmental, social, and economic factors, just to name a few, impacts that individual.
We are Therapist and Counselors, Lawyers, Medical Workers, Policy Makers in Government, Community Advocates and Grassroot Organizers, Organizational Leader, School Social Workers, and Educators. We are employable and we can be found everywhere.
If you can, name one profession that does not have to be credentialed or certified as a professional. Why should we be any less? Being credentialed means that you understand the seriousness of the work you do. It also means that you agree to stay on top of the changes in the profession, including research and science. It means that you will continue to grow and stay educated and abreast on new developments that comes into our profession. It means that you will become knowledgeable, and proficient in a particular area of study, and become known as an expert in that area.
Without your license, where's the accountability? Who's going to hold you accountable for errors, mistakes, and failure to uphold the guiding principles? Who's going to trainings and earning continuing education credits? Who's paying attention to the literature and becoming an expert in a particular area, such as: ACT, TFCBT, EMDR, DBT, and Play therapy, just to name a few?
These types of training and certifications are offered to License Professionals. Why, because they know that you will protect what you've earned, you will stay current in the field, and honor the NASW Code of Ethics along the way. Stop thinking this profession is about getting your money, and start acknowledging it wants to certify us as a reputable and knowledgeable profession.
Did you not know that in every area of mental health and behavioral health, THERE MUST BE A SOCIAL WORKER IN THE BUILDING
Did you know there are SOCIAL WORKERS IN LAW AND POLITICS, which is our GOVERNMENT, AND THEY ARE FIGHTING TO CHANGE LAWS?
Did you know that the hospitals EMPLOYS SOCIAL WORKERS to do the jobs that the doctors and nurses can't do!
Did you know that SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS ARE MORE IN DEMAND than PSYCHOLOGIST? When children have social, emotional, and behavioral problems in the schools, they don't send them to the guidance counselor or psychologist, they send them to YOU, the SOCIAL WORKER.
Did you not know that besides license psychologist, that only LICENSE CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS CAN BILL MEDICAID AND MEDICARE.....that's a big deal!
You are necessary! You are needed! You are valued, and Your License matters!
Change your mindset, change your perspective, you change your outcome!
”I Chose Me Because I Will Never Be A Choice Again”