Thursday, January 23, 2014

Why I Left My MSW Program

The decision did not come easily. For weeks and weeks I was contemplating whether or not I wanted to continue on in my Master of Social Work program. The only thing which made the decision difficult was that I had a scholarship and stipend awarded to me by the school which I would lose. Because that was in place, I had difficulty deciding what to do. Allow me to explain what lead me to my decision.

The main reason why I chose not to complete the program is because my MSW program, probably not unlike most other programs, was simply a platform to indoctrinate potential social workers with leftist dogma. Education is supposed to be about hearing different views on various issues and interacting with them. This does not mean all views are valid or right; rather, it means different points of view should be heard and engaged with, not dismissed with a slogan or name calling. There was little to no education occurring within any of my classes. I can only think of 1 or 2 useful ideas which I learned throughout an entire semester. All the teachers, textbooks, articles, etc. were supportive of leftist values and ideas. Alternative views were either mocked or outright misrepresented. For example, one of my die-hard feminist teachers claimed that the Tea Party desires to get rid of all policemen and firemen because they're against government programs. I was amazed at such stupidity coming from someone with a doctorate. I desire a true education where I'll actually learn true and useful information. Paying thousands of dollars and spending hours each week reading and listening to leftist propaganda is NOT education. 

The next reason was because of the requirements of licensure. If one wants to be a LSW, one must pass a test; however, in order to keep the license one must pay for "continuing education" credits every year or so. This is what I have been told. Obtaining these credits are not cheap. Social workers already don't make a lot of money, yet another financial burden is placed upon them by the state. Since I already couldn't stand the courses I took in my first semester, I couldn't imagine having to pay for and complete similar courses my whole life in order to keep my license. I understand many jobs don't require state licensure but many do, especially in hospitals.

Another thing that helped me make my decision to leave was the fact that one must complete 144 hours of internship per semester in one's first year. The second year, the student must complete even more each semester. It's great if one gets a paid internship; however, not everyone is fortunate enough to obtain this. The CSWE makes it so difficult for social work students to work while in school. Many students simply took out loans and didn't work at all while in the MSW program. That's too much debt to be racking up for a profession that does not pay very much. 

 I thought about what I really wanted to do in the future and whether or not a MSW degree was even necessary. My passion is for mentoring/counseling/teaching children and adolescents. I knew I didn't necessarily need a degree for that. If anything, I could volunteer as a Big Brother or with some other organization to make this happen. Plus, I don't like the constraints many mental health professions place upon their practitioners, especially forcing the normalization of homosexuality down every one's throats. If a social worker dares to state that he does not embrace same-sex relationships, he may very well lose his job, license and possibly be sued. You don't believe me? Start reading or listening to other news outlets besides CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc. Homosexual advocates are silencing their opposition through the force of law and unfortunately, seem to be successful.

Lastly, I contemplated what truly changes people. What penetrates a person's very soul and transforms them into something better than what they were? Psychoanalysis? Narrative therapy? Cognitive Behavioral therapy? Or is it any of the other plethora of counseling theories concocted by godless men? The only thing which I know of that can change a man's heart is the working of the Holy Spirit. Regeneration and repentance that leads to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only "theory' I know that can radically transform the most vile rebel. I'm not saying the secular theories can't accomplish anything; rather, I'm saying they never accomplish enough. All people are in need of God's pardon and forgiveness and only one person can provide that, namely Jesus.

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