Each of our amazing board members chose the profession of social work for a reason and we would like to share their stories with you. Stay tuned for a post about each of the social workers who represent YOU on the NASW-NC Board.
Sabrina Southern, MSW, LCSW
President Elect (2013-2014)
We have been asked to describe our journey into the field of Social Work. Given my age, I will not bore anyone with the details of this incredible journey. However, as I listened to my fellow board members describe their journeys I heard my own story being told from various points along my own journey.
I was a Social Worker long before I entered the field officially. Long before I obtained the degrees that offer me the opportunity to do what I love for a living. I have always been drawn to individuals and their stories. I have been drawn intellectually, emotionally and spiritually to understanding the how’s and why’s of the world. What I discovered is that while some choose this career early on, others like myself are drawn to it through life experiences and the embracing of opportunities that present themselves.
As I struggled to understand myself and the world around me I have made miraculous discoveries drawn from experiences with, and observation of others, as well as endless self-examination and personal development. The most important of those discoveries is that we all have value. We all have potential within us. That but for grace and the caring of others, we may have been on the other side of our services. Social Work, in all of its dimensions, offers me an opportunity to share that potential with others.