How long have you been a social worker?
Since I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Boise State University (in Idaho) in 2006.
Please list any degrees, licenses, etc.
I have an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Development and Education, as well.
Why/How did you get into social work?
I became interested in Social Work due to seeing the multiple needs of our families and feeling that I could be able to assist them.
What motivates you to do social work?
I have always been motivated to work with families. I started working in Group Homes and Day Training Adult [programs] as I was taking courses and attending college classes and really enjoyed the families and individuals I worked with. I felt that if I could become better educated, I would have more to offer my families as a resource to them.
What advice would you give someone considering social work?
Follow what you have in your heart.
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