Social Work and the Wounded Healer

Conduct on Becoming

Some of us come to social work for very clear reasons. We come as wounded people who have left trauma behind and seek to help others who are or have endured trauma, as well. Some of us choose to work with clients who have different pain than ours; some of us return to our own pain through healing clients in the same place we once were. Regardless of the population, we come to heal others, and by proxy, ourselves.

There is nothing working with the Wounded Healer in social work. Nothing. No matter what disparaging references you may hear, take pride in your work. For there is no one who can comfort so well as a fellow survivor. There is no one who can advocate so fiercely as a professional with personal experience.

But remember, social work in its highest form has three objectives:

  • Heal
  • Empower
  • Transform

We seek to…

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