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1) My journey to becoming a social worker began when I was making my decision to purse an undergraduate degree. In high school I knew that I wanted to work in the human services field. I have seen myself as being empathetic and compassionate from a young age, and always saw myself in a helping role. I was interested in clinical work, helping individuals and families. Choosing between different fields of helping professions, I knew that becoming a social worker was going to be my destiny. Other helping sciences like psychology offers clinical groundwork. However, I knew social work would be a better fit because of its focus and influence on persons-in environment perspective opposed to the more individualized psychological perspective. Deciding …show more content…
The federally qualified health center is a community based organization that provides health and human services to individuals and families. The agency offers medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare in a number of different locations in Eastern Connecticut. UCFS serves all populations, from first year to elderly care. Their mission is to improve the health and over all well-being of the community. The behavioral health services that they offer include outpatient and community based behavioral health services. Those services include counseling and psychotherapy, psychiatric assessment & medical management, trauma focuses cognitive behavioral therapy, and behavioral health groups. I was placed in the agencies behavioral health unit, where I work closely with their social leaning department. My role there includes co-facilitating three social leaning groups, shadowing clinician’s intake processes, and preforming ‘co-therapy’ with licensed clinical social workers. I am unable to see clients individually due to insurance boundaries, so my supervisor and I worked together to be able to get as much clinical experience as I can. So we thought that ‘co-therapy’ would be a great fit. I work with a clinician and their client from their intake session until my time at the agency is over. This will help me experience a therapeutic relationship between a client and a clinician, and learn tools and skills that LCSW’s use in their work. Before and after each session the clinician and I meet to discuss the case and the client’s progress. My role at UCFS fueled my desire and confidence to enter the social work profession as a licensed clinical social worker. Observing different clinicians styles and techniques really showed me how effective social workers are in individuals and families lives. They inspired me to want to become a fellow facilitator of change and go on to receive my MSW

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