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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thank You, Jeanne Philips!

While browsing one of my favorite social worker blogs, I ran across a post praising Jeanna Philips, also known as "Dear Abby", for defending the social work profession in her daily advice column. The text of the original article can be found here: Dear Abby

I can definitely relate to the "Melanie" discussed in the Dear Abby letter. As discussed in a previous post, I've been subject to many negative remarks from strangers, acquaintances, and even family members since graduating with my MSW. Reading something like today's Dear Abby column reminds me that there are people out there who actually appreciate the social work profession. Thank you, Jeanne Philips, for brightening my day!

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad you became a social worker, too. ;) I find I have a hard time with the comments that you describe here, and also with comments that discriminate against the people I work with. Don't know how many sighs I've supressed or how many bite marks my tongue has endured. But what can I say? I love what we do. ;)

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  2. Lisa,

    Thanks for reading my blog and for your kind words! Indeed, there are many times I've had to resist the urge to respond to my family and acquaintances. I can only hope that someday, more people will come to respect the social worker profession as they learn more about what we do. In the meantime, I can promote the profession by doing my job to the best of my ability!

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