Guest Post: National Social Work Month
March 25, 2019
In March, we celebrate that fact that every day, some 682,000 social workers across the nation act as advocates, champions and leaders who make our society a better place to live.
By sharing my story I choose to help elevate the profession and the conversation about the importance of social workers.
My Call to Social Work
Catie J. Mielcarz, LCSW
It was the second semester of my junior year when I enrolled in my first sociology course. After nearly three years of working towards a pre-law degree, I found myself seeking something different. One sociology course led to another, and another. I was then granted an opportunity to mentor students at a school in a nearby town, known for its high crime and poverty rates. It was after just a few weeks of building relationships with the students that I realized I wanted to make a change in my career path. The students I worked with, whom many considered to be “troubled”, opened my eyes to the true beauty of each individual. These young students affirmed my belief that every person is capable, deserving of happiness and worthy of love.
My life in social work has brought me to one of the world’s largest correctional institutions, several schools and alternative education programs, many in areas which are deemed to be “dangerous”, and with residents whom may be seen by many as the same. Throughout my years as a social worker, I have been honored, humbled and proud to advocate for those who are unjustly assigned negative labels, and to be a support to those who need someone to believe in them the most.
"I became a social worker because I believe in the resiliency of each individual. With the understanding that each person's path is unique, I became a social worker, above all, because every person deserves to feel empowered."
National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country and their allies to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society.
Resources from the National Association of Social Workers
- Since the first social work class was offered in 1898 at Columbia University, social workers have led the way developing private and charitable organizations to serve people in need. Social workers continue to address the needs of society and bring our nation’s social problems to the public’s attention.
[Link to: Social Work History]
- One benefit of a social work degree is that the job possibilities are endless. Sometimes it pays to think outside the box!
[Link to: Outside the Lines: Maximizing the flexibility of a social work degree]