Clients and Students: Reflections on the Parallels Found Between Direct Social Work Practice and Social Work Education



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University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work


This article discusses the reflections of a social work educator turned doctoral student during her first semester of doing both concurrently. Interesting parallels found between the social worker/client and social work educator/student relationships are examined. Foundational social work concepts such as the right to self-determination, dual relationships, and resilience are each discussed from the perspective of a social worker balancing multiple roles and some conclusions drawn about the usefulness of basic social work skills in a variety of settings.



Social Work, Educator, Client, Student, Reslience, Self-determination, Dual Relationships, Monica Himes, Perspectives on Social Work, Social work, Educator, Clients, Students, Reslience, Self-determination, Dual Relationships, Perspectives on Social Work