How can we model professional relationships to our students when we actively demonstrate that when things get tough it’s ok to walk away!

Dwight Thompson – from Ottawa, Ontario, says -walking away – within the social work sector; does not mirror the social work’s profession’s values we apply in the field everyday.

I am discouraged by this choice to “leave” our CASW, and not in any way see opportunity for us as a profession to model something we attempt to portray with out clients: relationships are central to what we do!! How can we model professional relationships to our students when we actively demonstrate that when things get tough it’s ok to walk away! Even withdrawing temporarily is not the way to go – improving communication and remembering the bigger picture of unity are important things to consider before showing the world how little it takes to separate a “profession”…..I’m sorry, I agree with the Eastern Branch – we need to stay. If anything history has shown us that walking away (specifically in our profession) has had some really negative effects, and serves to undermine the things we ideally strive for. This is a tough situation – but let’s stay together.

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