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Hi.<br><br>
I'm not a mom yet so I guess the title of the post was a little misleading <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I am about to start school for my MSW and I was wondering if there were any MSWs around the boards. I would love to hear about what kind of social work you do, how you are a SW and a mom, how school went, etc.<br><br>
I hope that there are some out there!<br><br>
Rose
 

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anybody? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I just wanted to say hi-but I'm not a msw.<br><br>
I was halfway through my msw pgm when I went full time mom. I thought I could finish while my dd was under 1-just zoom through, but it really just didn't work for me. How I felt about work-school-and my professional aspirations really went through a huge transition after I became a mom. The biggest thing was that I didn't anticipate how much I would not want to leave my child--even for the 4 hours for class, let alone 8+ hours to do field work.<br><br>
good luck in your program. I think it's a great degree that you can do so much with. I worked in the psych. field for years before and had planned to go the therapist route.
 

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Thanks for replying <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I am really looking forward to this--classes start tomorrow! I cant imagine doing the program with kids--I think it is commendable that you even tried. It seems like it is going to be very demanding, especially the first year. I am excited, but nervous to.<br><br>
take care!
 

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Well, I'm an MSW, but I don't work as one. After my first year of my MSW program I knew field work wasn't for me, so I decided to do a joint MSW/JD. My first year I did SCOH, and my second year I worked at a research institute doing a new school-based program and an evaluation of it. I finished both degrees in 4 years total, and thought I'd do family law mediation or public interest law. Now I work at a law firm and do products liability and insurance coverage work <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: so that I can work part-time and still pay off my student loans. It's a great job, but not exactly what I planned, KWIM? I hope that your program goes really well, and that you get so much from it.
 

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Hello<br><br>
I am a 36 week pregnant MSW. I have been working in the foster care system for four years but will be taking a break to be an at home mother.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hi!<br><br>
Thanks for replying.<br><br>
I started my program on Monday and I am ehausted already! I am assuming that i will get into a routine, but it is pretty stressful right now. My field work doesnt start for another week thank goodness. It is working with the elderly which i have never done, so I am nervous about that to.<br><br>
What kind of work do you do in foster care? Where did you get your MSW? I worked in an FFA for a little while and it was really really hard.<br><br>
Are you planning on going back at all? I hope that I can be a stay at home mom for the first couple of years.....<br><br>
Rose
 

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No pardon needed :)<br><br>
Master of Social Work<br><br>
I have worked in Therapeutic foster care with severely abused and distressed children. I went to Smith College which entailed moving 6 times in 3 years and studying in the summer with a 35 hour a week field placement during the academic year. crazy but worthwhile!<br><br>
One day I will go back to it, but finding the best balance will be the challenge.<br><br>
Best of luck to you!!!!
 

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I'm a BSW, not a MSW (yet), probably will go back sometime, but right now I'm enjoying staying at home with dd (16 months). My last job was with Hospice, and our office was the opposite of child-friendly, so I quit just before dd was born. I miss some parts of it, but I'm glad I am able to be home with him.<br>
I can't imagine going back to school yet. It took me forever to get my BSW as a single mom. You deserve a big pat on the back for going into the program!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I received my MSW in 2002 I was about 4-5 months pregnant when I graduated. So glad it is over. I was advanced standing so I went for about a year and a half is that the route you are going. That made it more do able. I have worked with foster care/ adoption, and have worked with the elderly, which I never thought I would like but actually enjoyed it! I did some part time work in an assisted living facility through the rest of my pregnancy and now am a full time SAHM who watches a friends son for some extra money. The program was stressful and time consuming but do able. My worst experience was my internship placement, I had a horrible experience that just ended aweful so that really turned me off to SW for a while, I need a break. I had a really unethical Supervisor and I called her out on it at the end and she completely denied everything, ugh. My advice would be to try your hardest not to procrastinate, especially with the research project if it is anything like ours was. Good luck with school if you ever need anything let me know!<br><br>
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Hello my fellow msw's. I am currently in private practice in Delaware having finished my msw at the University of Pa. Glad to meet yall!
 
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