I am a graduate student, dual MSW/MBA. I went to see a well-heeled psychologist today, in the fancy part of the city, looking for an assessment and evaluation for an adult learning disability in math so I can get special help with statistics.
During the intake session, I was asked what clinical work I was going to do after graduation. I replied that I decided that I was not going to become a social worker. The psychologist gave me such a look, and said what do you mean? I replied that I determined that I am not interested in social work, as it is being practiced in today's corporate for profit system, and I was going to finish my degree - but with the MBA portion I would find another line of work.
Her response was almost violent! She accused me of taking a place at the university away from a deserving student, accused me of stealing scholarship money from a deserving student who 'could have filled a vital service', and basically raged at me how horrible this was, and how shameful!
I haven't taken a place away from anyone, as my state university is an open university - if you apply and you aren't legally dead, you get in. I am not wasting my scholarship because I am using it as intended - I attend classes and make A grades, which is the requirements. And as far as I know, there is no university on Earth that requires or forces you to work in your field of study - ask any recent graduate who can't get a job in their field. As long as you graduate and they get their money, that is it. Life is up to you after that. I almost said, "Okay Boomer!" except I am a very young boomer, almost Gen X.
In reality, as a female disabled decorated war veteran, I want to use the small business resources available to me to open my own business, my own clinic, and hire social workers instead of practicing. After being subjected to some very crappy clinics in my city - because the VA is cheap and won't pay for us to have good mental health care - I think I can do better than many of the clinics that are available right now.
There is a lot of fraud and scams within the small clinics in my city, and the university interns complain about this yet it continues. I wonder if I can I run an honest clinic that utilizes best practices without being run out of town by the corrupt players? I am curious to try. I could also choose to operate in a less corrupt state, or as my pen pal says, come practice in Europe. I have options. I asked two of my classmates if I am wrong not to become a social worker and they said no, there is no obligation, it's my life. They think I am crazy to want to run a business, but I don't have to work as a social worker.
I am not going back to that psychologist after that; as Bugs Bunny would say, "What a maroon!" Yikes, what if I was depressed or suicidal?
What would your response be to this situation? I really want to report this to someone as I feel that this person's angry outburst about my future plans was so out of line! Should I address her directly first, or report this to an association or licensing board? The anger directed at me was really crazy, and unwarranted. I could have never imagined making someone that angry at me just for saying that I am not interested in clinical social work.