How do you achieve a strong professional identity as a social worker?

The 4 L’s to a Solid Professional Identity
We continue observing Social Work Month with one social worker's story about end-of-life work. "When I began my social work career, I never anticipated an experience like this. Although this was the least expected experience, it has become one of the most meaningful moments of my life." #SWmonth #endoflife

Ms. Ellen* - Social Work at the End of Life
Do you ever feel as if you're burning the candle at both ends? You are not alone. #socialwork

Burning the Candle at Both Ends - Poetry
We all agree that social workers deserve to be paid a salary commensurate with their professional training, experience, and skills. Here are five strategies you can use to negotiate with potential employers. #socialwork #salaries #jobsearch

5 Salary Negotiation Strategies for Social Workers
While I was working, I often thought about how different my roles were. But as I reflect on the positions I held, I realize that my job descriptions may have varied, but I had only one goal as a social worker.... That was to help my clients, students, and families make changes that would allow them to be successful in life.

A Rewarding Social Work Career
"Social work documentation. Now, how exciting is that?! Yes, documentation is not exactly the most thrilling aspect of social work practice.... Still, if you want excitement in your professional life, try documenting in an incompetent, disrespectful, dishonest, incomplete, or disorganized manner."

Ethics Alive! To Record or Not To Record: The Ethics of Documentation
#MacroSW Twitter chat tonight 9 pm EDT to discuss future chat topics. Please join in!

We’re Listening! Contribute to Future #MacroSW Chats
Poem/conversation between social worker and client by Gregory Gross. #SWmonth #poetry

Our Clients/ Ourselves III - You are Under Arrest - Trace/ Truse/ Ruse/ Use/ Us – e
My service learning assignment taught me about healthy nutrition and social work at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. #socialwork #nutrition #SWmonth

You Mean Pizza Isn’t a Food Group? The Role of Social Work in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Video added! This very creative and powerful "reverse" poem was written by Sarah Stevenson, BSW student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an intern at Market Your Mind Services, and performed by spoken word artist Shalesha Smith, MSW student at Winthrop University. Please read, watch, and share this awesome #socialwork student work!

Victim to Survivor (Reverse Poem)
How do you do that work? Said by most people when learning I've spent the greater part of my career in hospice and palliative care. I answer with my Why. It's raw humanity. #SWmonth

The Resiliency of the Human Spirit
Social Work in Our Paradise, a poem by Ionut Cioarta, of Bucharest, Romania. #SWmonth #WSWD

Social Work in Our Paradise
Use of complementary and holistic healing is common practice across all cultural groups.... Given social workers’ need to reflect the diversity in the populations they serve, it is crucial that social work professionals familiarize themselves with the methods in which cultures and subcultures maintain and pursue good health. #SWmonth #WSWD

Cultural Competence in Medical Social Work- Healing Is Always Possible, Even When Curing Is Not
Happy World Social Work Day! World Social Work Day 2017 (WSWD) is on the 21st of March. The theme ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’ relates to the third pillar of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. See for more about #WSWD.
We celebrate social work during Social Work Month. Susan Mankita wrote a love letter to the profession. What would yours say? #SWmonth

A Love Letter to Social Work
This is really an amazing poem by Sarah C. Stevenson, a BSW student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Read it from top to bottom, and then from the bottom back to the top! #SWmonth #poetry

Victim to Survivor (Reverse Poem)
A Social Work Month exclusive! An interview with the Hon. David Mathews, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under Pres. Gerald Ford. He talks about the importance of community in social welfare. #SWmonth

In the Community: An Interview With the Honorable F. David Mathews, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Gerald Ford
"I did not fit in with my family.... I had goals that no one could fathom. How stupid that a child would dream of saving the world, a world that she had not yet even experienced. But that would all change on my 14th birthday."

Why I Want To Be a Social Worker
Death is like a graduation day.... I have seen and met many different kinds of students.... As a social worker, I feel honored to watch one’s life unfold before me, to understand someone's journey, and to be a part of it. I salute all the students on their graduation march. #SocialWorkMonth #hospice

The Graduation March - A page in a hospice social worker’s journal
You have your social work degree(s), and you have a job. What else do you need to sustain a long and healthy career in social work? Here are some of the tools you should have in your “Professional Social Worker Toolkit.”

9 Tools for Your Professional Social Worker Toolkit