What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

  • Paul Gordon Johnson Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Lehman College, The City University of New York, Bronx, New York

Abstract

This paper attempts to examine and reflect on my experiences of being a beginning social worker and beginning teacher. I describe the similarities between the two processes. In many respects they were painful experiences, fraught with disappointments, frustrations, and, at times, loss, sadness, and anger. Yet, out of these painful experiences, there are many humorous events and many different, diverse, and interesting opportunities. All these experiences enriched my learning, and produce a worker and teacher who is able to draw on all these experiences for the benefit of his clients and students.Copyright of Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is theproperty of Cleveland State University and its content may not be copied oremailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyrightholder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, oremail articles for individual use.

Author Biography

Paul Gordon Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Lehman College, The City University of New York, Bronx, New York
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