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Social Work: A Noble Tradition

I am a clinical social worker. Ihave worked in a day-care center, a community mental health center, a private psychotherapy office, and an institution of higher learning. I have counseled emotionally disturbed children, adult individuals, couples, families, and groups. Among my clients are the poor, the sick, the abused or neglected, the elderly, the disabled, and the disenfranchised. Some of my clients have had more advantages than most, but nevertheless have suffered emotional pain. Although my work is often fraught with frustration and despair, it is deeply satisfyingbecause-Ibelieve-it contributes toward making the world a better place.