What is a Social Worker?


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 682,100 social workers across the US in 2016.  Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives.  Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.  We work in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare, human service agencies, hospitals, settlement houses, community development corporations, private practices, and any location that requires serving individuals in need.  The social work practice consists of the professional applications of social work values, principles, and techniques to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participating in the legislative processes.

Through my Post 9/11 GI Bill, I earned my Master in Social Work degree from the Our Lady of the Lake University out of San Antonio, TX in 2015.  I completed my first internship at Texas Civil Rights Project helping to support individuals in ensuring civil rights and equality for all individuals in Texas.  I completed my second internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serving different veteran populations with different rotations across the hospital.  I passed the national board exam shortly after graduation on the first attempt earning my LMSW credentials.

Graduation day with my MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX.

As social workers, we are bound to uphold our Code of Ethics which provides our set of values, principles, and standards to guide decision-making and everyday professional conduct of social workers.  Social worker’s core values include:

  • Service
  • Social Justice
  • Dignity and Worth of the Person
  • Importance of Human Relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence

Coupled with my 8 years in the US Army, The Army Values, have also been at a core of who I am, what I believe, and a driving factor in my behavior.  The Army Values include:

  • Loyalty
  • Duty
  • Respect
  • Selfless Service
  • Honor
  • Integrity
  • Personal Courage
Monique at the firing range.

I love being a social worker. I love helping people, families, and communities improve their lives.  Given my background, I want to utilize my skills and passions to contribute the community I live and the school district my boys attend as students.