Question of the week:
I have been a stay-at-home mom off and on for over 24 years and decided to go to university to study psychology in hopes to become a counselor in some capacity when all four children became independent and on their own. I have been married for over thirty years to a man that supports the idea of continuing education. In 2016, I began my academic journey, received a bachelors in 2020, and am now attending courses working towards a masters in social work.
It is my desire to help and serve people, but because of conservative philosophies that I hold dear, I am finding this course path to be nearly unbearable as social work philosophy is heavy on social justice and equity in the form of government intervention. Although I have learned invaluable lessons through continuing education, I am wondering that the pathway I should be going down might be better suited elsewhere since I do not believe in government policies creating equity for all and such. I attended your zoom meeting [Susan is referencing our live chats for We Happy Warrior Special Access members] and one of the things you taught was speaking in the heart or on the heart. Since I waited so long to go to school, I wonder if I’m trying to convince myself that this is the right course or if this is really the right place to be in order to serve God’s people. I am so unsure anymore. I have prayed and am seeking counsel.
The dilemma you are facing is becoming more and more common. While you and your husband carved out a highly successful trajectory that blessed your family while leaving you looking forward to years of contributing to society in a different manner, that society changed over those years. There is increasingly a “You are not welcome here” sign out in academia and many businesses for people with conservative and religious principles.
There is a great need for counselors, psychologists and social workers who are sympathetic to religious, traditional people. We know of too many divorces, parental estrangements and unhappy outcomes that were the result of ideologically driven treatments. If you are acquiring skills that will help you help others, then it may well be worth sitting through some offensive classes. We would recommend finding a mentor who is doing the work you hope to do who can help you analyze what you are learning and tread your way through the road mines.
Be aware, that your degree may be dependent on you agreeing to things that you know are untrue and wrong—that might be another hurdle. But if you can finish the course and be certified, there are groups and individuals who will be grateful for finding someone such as yourself.
Wishing you success,
Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin
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