Coming Full Circle: A Social Worker's Journey through Abuse and Recovery

  • Christine A. Dietz Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of New England School of Social Work, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine


In this article, I describe my experience as both a survivor of abuse and a social worker working with other survivors. In the story that follows, the theme of voice and silence, of telling our stories and repeatedly meeting with silence and invalidation, recurs. I summarize what I have learned from survivors as a social worker and discuss the important contributions social worker/survivors offer the profession.



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