How long have you been a social worker?
I have been working as a social worker for the last three years.
Please list any degrees, licenses, etc.
Master’s degree in Social Work; currently working on obtaining Arizona social worker licensing.
Why/How did you get into social work?
I moved to Arizona in 2015 and worked as a substitute teacher and applied to DDD for a position as Human Services Specialist 2 in a targeted unit.
What motivates you to do social work?
Speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves motivates me to be a social worker. It is a very rewarding job and I am very passionate about my job.
What advice would you give someone considering social work?
This job will allow you to be the voice of those who are not able to advocate for themselves. This job requires building trust and a relationship with members and their families. The little efforts that you make can make a huge difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.
March is National Social work Month and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The intersection of social work and the needs of a community are demonstrated perfectly by the work performed by employees of the DES Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). The services and supports DDD provides to members tap into the potential of each individual member and empowers them to lead self-directed, health and meaningful lives. We are grateful for the passion and dedication exhibited by our social workers.
By Lyn Riley