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    say that I'm so sorry your job could be in jeopardy, I know what it feels like to see the system changing against all that you've been taught through the years.  And it is upsetting and rocks the very foundation one has placed under themselves.  I'm unsure if you are a social worker or teacher?  I do know that when mental health was going down many of my fellow social workers went back and got a second Master's in school social work and now I'm seeing that move will not save them either.  

    The schools are a social service mainly because they would also be mandated reporters for abuse victims.  Unless now the charter schools will no longer report these problems.  And parents can no longer afford counseling especially if they want to keep a problem private.  It use to be problems were worked out in patient/therapist confidentially and although there would documentation, work was done between parents, children, and therapists.  The only time things got reported or children were taken away was when their lives were in danger.  I never wanted to take a child away and on the rare cases where that happened it was because a child was physically and/or mentally being harmed and there was physical evidence to back up concern for the child's life.  It is a very tough call.

    My roommate was an attorney and he use to say that if they are getting rid of the social workers then we are losing our compassion as a society.  

    I wish you the best, do you know if you will be able to keep your job as these changes taking place?

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

    by zaka1 on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:57:53 PM PDT

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    •  I'm a social worker in the schools (1+ / 0-)
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      but i also taught English for years before switching

    •  i will keep my job until a cost cutter (1+ / 0-)
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      decides it is no longer needed. could be today, could be next year. could be several years. or, with weakened tenure laws, a supervisor decides my paperwork is not up to snuf ( hint; it never is, but its the only thing they count, and the one thing they can get me on, and its not for lack of effort, its just far too complicated to get it all correct ) and decides to rate me ineffective. 2 ineffectives in NJ now and you are gone. they are already targeting older, more expensive staff. yes, it happened that fast.

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        I'm so sorry, the uncertainty is what gets to people, I think.  The paperwork was always a problem, it is never ending, I kinda use to feel like I was writing volumes and no one ever read it unless it was a state inspection or for something else.  The only time my writing seemed to be read was when my ER notes on a child abuse case went to trial.  I do wish you the best, but why isn't NASW fighting harder for social workers to maintain their jobs I'll never know.  That organization sucked up a lot money and did little for the profession.  

        I'm thinking of giving up my LCSW license this year because it is so expensive and I'm disabled now and can't see ever getting back into the field.  All that work, gone.  All the work you have done, and given of yourself, and all the work the teachers have done, just gone.  My Dad taught for years and retired in the 1990s.  I beginning to think they are finding new ways to oppress people, but that is just a crazy thought perhaps.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 06:10:30 PM PDT

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