By Tiffany R. Harris, originally posted at the NACSW.

In August of 2005 I began my professional journey as a social worker when I entered the University of South Carolina to pursue my Master of Social Work degree. Having come from both a small Christian high school and a small Christian college, entering a large public university was quite a change. I quickly learned that many people did not understand or accept my faith in Jesus Christ. In an atmosphere where I felt that many people were skeptical of Christian social workers, I found myself trying to reconcile my calling to be a Christ-follower and my calling to be a social worker. After several months of feeling very alone, I began to realize that it was my responsibility to figure out how to reconcile my faith and my profession. I embarked on a journey of self-examination, self-discovery, encouragement, and empowerment which has culminated in this paper.

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