Mentally ill people deserve better.  So that last thing we need is someone entering the field out of some hazy, ill-conceived, romantic/idealistic notion that they are “special nurturers” or “messianic rescuers.”  
This is a field that requires real skill and talent and hard work, not to mention personality traits such as resilience and sophistication and integrity — all of which graduate school cannot necessarily teach.
And for those women who want to become social workers for a while, then get married and settle down and start a family — and never have to really devote themselves to the profession — kindly do us all a favor and go into some other field instead.  
And don’t kid yourself for a minute thinking you’ll eventually get your own private practice and specialize in “easy” patients with only minor depression and self-esteem issues.  Those days are over.  Today’s patients have much more extreme experiences and complex problems.  A soldier from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder.  A young woman with Borderline personality disorder from having been repeatedly molested by her stepfather as a child.  A suicidal college student who recently flunked out of college due to emerging Bipolar disorder and needs your help getting on disability.  Panic attacks, eating disorders, self-mutilating behaviors, etc.
If any of this is “too intense” or “too disturbing” for you, please leave.

Mentally ill people deserve better.  So that last thing we need is someone entering the field out of some hazy, ill-conceived, romantic/idealistic notion that they are “special nurturers” or “messianic rescuers.”  

This is a field that requires real skill and talent and hard work, not to mention personality traits such as resilience and sophistication and integrity — all of which graduate school cannot necessarily teach.

And for those women who want to become social workers for a while, then get married and settle down and start a family — and never have to really devote themselves to the profession — kindly do us all a favor and go into some other field instead.  

And don’t kid yourself for a minute thinking you’ll eventually get your own private practice and specialize in “easy” patients with only minor depression and self-esteem issues.  Those days are over.  Today’s patients have much more extreme experiences and complex problems.  A soldier from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder.  A young woman with Borderline personality disorder from having been repeatedly molested by her stepfather as a child.  A suicidal college student who recently flunked out of college due to emerging Bipolar disorder and needs your help getting on disability.  Panic attacks, eating disorders, self-mutilating behaviors, etc.

If any of this is “too intense” or “too disturbing” for you, please leave.