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.
Why did I become a social worker? I fell in love. With whom you might ask? The elusive, mystical, complexity of people!
It started with trying to understand two mysteries. The first was a typical white, haired grandmother who gave me candy and dolls as a child; yet, as an adolescent, she was a disheveled, intoxicated, confused and angry individual who slept her days away. The second was a college friend who developed severe depression with suicidal thoughts.
Wanting to help and not being able to articulate what that meant, I found myself becoming a detective trying to understand what was happening. It was social work that revealed the biopsychosocial spiritual elements that best explains what might be happening for an individual. Social work was the answer.
My love affair has included clinical social work in outpatient and inpatient settings as well as forensic and leadership opportunities. I was fortunate to have mentors who modeled building relationships of hope, understanding, and support. Currently I coordinate clinical in eastern North Carolina for RHA Health Services.
I am a member of NASW in order to be part of a professional organization that is passionate about social work leadership, social justice, and the advancement of the social work profession. I chose to be part of the NASW-NC Board to give back, to continue the change, and represent us-the strong, proud, and deeply dedicated social workers in North Carolina.