Yesterday I had the honor of serving as a main speaker for the Minds Over Matter LLC Social Work Month Festival. My topic was “Ready for Social Work”. It was a great event and I’ve listed the Instagram handles of the participants below so that you can follow and support them all.
One of the questions asked of the panelists was “I love social work, but I wish I could change what”.
I think that is a great question. I’ve discussed the answer numerous times without being asked the specific question. In fact, my answer was even a part of my presentation. The thing that I want to change about the profession is the narrow view of what social work is and does. We lose when we continually perpetuate this narrow view of social work.
- Social workers do more than therapy and child welfare. I’ve never been a therapist or taken anyone’s child.
- Macro social work is social work. All three areas of practice – macro, mezzo, and macro – are equally important and should be working together instead of competing again each other.
- Jobs that require a license aren’t the only social work jobs.
- Private practice is not the only way to succeed as a social work entrepreneur.
Social work skills are so valuable and transferable. Whatever isn’t growing is dying. Whatever isn’t improving is regressing. Change is constant. Let’s shift the narrative. It’s time for social work to progress, expand, and elevate.
What would you like to change about social work?
Social Work Month Festival 2022
Happy Social Work Month!
Nicki Sanders, MSW, ushers high-performing women of color in mid-level social work and human services leadership through promotion to senior leadership. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.
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