Impostor Syndrome: A Social Work Graduate Student’s Experience

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Impostor Syndrome 1978?

Anyone who has ever worked with substance abuse clients, since the 1960’s has known about the impostor syndrome! It is one of the most common traits amongst addicts and alcoholics, and their families! So, just to help all who suffer from this syndrome, I propose you address your own “self-worth” issues before you attempt to work with others. And while you’re at it, add awareness of your own spirituality position so you can address the entire psyche of the person you’re attempting to help! Then, just for giggles, look at the percentage of the national association of psychologists along with the social worker associations and see what the percentage of the clinicians doe not believe in a Higher Power. How can one actually address a client’s issues unless they understand that client’s personal spiritual positions or beliefs? Clinicians, whether PhD or MSW, need to address the entire realm to help, not pick and choose according to their education, or lack of understanding of their own psyche. That’s why many tend to believe they are incapable of helping others. AND, it’s not your fault!!! Look at the percentage of social work education curriculum is that lack a spiritual component. Last I looked, it was 23% of the higher education schools who oifferd any spirituality.

Stephen Taylor, PhD more than 1 year ago

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