March is National Social Work Month. Hope Network recognizes and celebrates the significant contributions of our social workers to the communities we serve. Read on to learn more about Brandie’s social work career journey.
THE TIME RIGHT FOR SOCIAL WORK. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
Social work is always needed, especially right now with all the changes in our society and economy. I think social work is one of the most needed, but undervalued professions – the field is so diverse and there are so many areas you can help in.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER IN SOCIAL WORK?
My childhood inspired me, I had a therapist I really liked growing up. I wanted to help kids that maybe did not come from the best circumstance, to be their voice and help them overcome whatever hand they were dealt. I always knew I wanted to work with kids, it’s always been my passion. I enjoy their personalities, their spunk, even their attitudes.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE CONSIDERING A CAREER IN SOCIAL WORK?
Don’t ever forget the impact you have. It can be discouraging when you haven’t made the progress you were hoping for with a client, or if a client is still really struggling after working with them for a while. Don’t minimize your actions, words, or time, even the smallest things make a difference.
COULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOB DUTIES AND THE POPULATION YOU SUPPORT?
I’ve been with Hope Network for about 4 years, my main role is Program Manager so I do a lot of managerial duties, such as training staff and budgeting. I also see clients for therapy, both youth and families as well as group therapy once a week. It’s a great mix of executive and clinical duties. I also work part time for a mobile crisis program here at Hope Network.
WHAT WAS YOUR EDUCATION/ LICENSING PATH?
I was looking at counseling, psychology, and social work but I had mentors tell me that social work would allow me to have more versatility if I wanted to change paths. I graduated in 2018 with my Master’s, and I haven’t taken my licensing test yet, my goal is to take it this year!
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST FULFILLING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION?
When your client tells you that you made a difference, or if they enjoyed a session you had. Anytime you made them feel better or helped them through something, it just just makes you feel like you’re creating and helping with change.