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Art Article Takes Jab at Social Work

Jeers to the Epoch Times for this article on social worker and jewelry maker Erica Levine.

The article mentions how Levine studied “of all things, social work” in college, as if social work is a profession that is not compatible with being artistic.

“Like most people, it was important to Levine to have a ‘real job,’and also like most, her innermost need to create art and be true to herself won out. She left the (social work) profession a few short years later,” reporter Jess Zaino wrote.

SocialWorkersSpeak.org thinks Levine’s¬†jewelry is beautiful. However, we take issue with Zaino’s characterization of the social work profession. Zaino may be surprised to discover that social workers are also accomplished writers, filmmakers, actors and artists.

And many of them pursue these interests while continuing to contribute to society through social work.

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6 Comments

  1. I sent them a little note testifying that I am both an artist and social worker. I also requested they consider the creative minds required for our profession.

  2. I’m a writer and a social worker. My career as a social worker has enhanced my writing so much. Not just in terms of fun stories to blog about (though there is that.) It’s given me a lot of insight into people, relationships, and why we do the things we do. This is so important for a writer. Not to mention all the ways that my creativity has enhanced my ability to practice social work. We need more of that in this field. Creative arts can be used so powerfully with our clients.

    I’ll be leaving them a comment momentarily.

  3. As a licensed social worker and an assistant professor of social work who has recently published a debut novel (protagonist is a social worker/professor – go figure), I couldn’t agree more with the comments on this page to this point. Most social workers must be creative in some way or other on so many levels: creatively serving their clients, exercising creativity in advocacy and other social work roles, and practicing creative arts to maintain their own mental health. We are a profession blessed with so many fine, and very creative, professionals. I am glad to see that there is a web site that gives voice to that which is so great in our profession!

  4. David, SocialWorkersSpeak.org also features social workers who are authors. Contact us so we can learn more about your book and possibly do a feature on it.

    Greg Wright
    Senior Public Relations Specialist
    National Association of Social Workers
    gwright@naswdc.org

  5. Hi Greg, I’ve sent you an e-mail with more information on the novel “Miss Alphie’s Secret.” Let me know if you have further interest, and thanks so much for the hard work of putting together this great site!

    David H. “DJ” Johnson
    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Millersville University
    mailto:david.johnson@millersville.edu

  6. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness oof precious knowledge regarding unpredicted feelings.

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