When they talk about themselves and aren’t listening to you
The sessions are not about the social worker, it is about the client! However social workers are humans too. There are unfortunately, as with all professions, social workers that don’t act professionally.
When they just give out resources and don’t explain anything
Social workers do more than give out resources and letting the client handle it. Although many social workers empower their clients, they also advocate for the clients, counsel them through difficult times, and give them the right tools.
When they don’t have a BSW or MSW or LCSW
Yes degrees are not everything, but it can serve as a baseline to see whether one has a general set of skills needed to be a good social worker. Caution: Just because they have an LCSW doesn’t make them better than an MSW, either. As with any profession, there are rotten eggs.
When they’ve switched jobs multiple times
Of course, many social workers switch jobs and that is appropriate because it is a “burn-out” profession. However, it is of concern when they have been switching jobs due to getting fired, doing something illegal, etc.
When they have malpractice lawsuits
Just as you don’t want a doctor with a record of malpractice lawsuits, you don’t want a social worker with that record either. After all we are talking about your precious brain and thoughts.
5 signs of a bad social worker- (a humorous take)
Jan 14th, 2008 by Tina.
Posted in: Social Work.