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Help with your Statement in Social Work, BSW, MSW, DSW.

One day, while a Master’s Student in Religious Studies at Indiana University, I was looking for a work study job and examining the postings for these positions on the bulletin board at IU. Quickly, I realized that the position which most interested me was that of a counselor/staff person at the Bloomington MiddleWay House Shelter for Abused Women. Since I am a man, however, I thought that there was little chance that they would hire me. To my surprise, they did; in fact, I was the first male staff person to be hired by this institution. The director told me later that her primary reason for hiring me was to have a role model for the numerous little boys who stayed there with their mothers.

 Soon, I found myself counseling women who had and continued to suffer severely from spousal abuse. I dispensed medications; I even answered the rape crises hotline (telling the woman that I could beep my supervisor if she would be more comfortable talking to a woman—some asked me to do so, others said that they would just talk to me). In addition to my graduate studies, this was the most formative experience of my life. I learned a lot about family dynamics, abuse, recovery, emotional and psychological redemption, etc. In fact, I went on to write my own doctoral dissertation on the history of the politics of violence against women in Latin America, which I have made my permanent home. 

 Thus, about 15 years ago, when I began drafting statements of purpose for applicants to graduate school, I developed a special interest that remains to this day in the area of Social Work. I find profound fulfillment in helping applicants to BSW, MSW, and PHD programs because I am fascinated by, drawn to their stories. Only in Social Work is the applicant encouraged to write up to 5 double-spaced pages (in other fields it is almost always 3 or even 2 pages). I have often pondered why this is the case. The only answer that I have been able to come up with is that the Social Worker has a longer story: her past, her life story is more relevant to her application than in other fields. In other areas where space is more limited on the personal statement, I generally encourage applicants to talk more about their future and less about their past. In Social Work, however, the past explains the future in unique ways.

 The most important thing that I have learned about applicants to social work programs is that they have all suffered themselves. They are all victims who have lived through some type of trial and tribulation, oppression, violence, abandonment, discrimination, etc. This is why they have chosen to be social workers. And it is their own historical suffering that drives them to succeed in helping others: their passion for helping victims is grounded in their own survival and redemption, escape from abuse in their own past, rejuvenation and determination to succeed in life despite the odds. Thus, the first paragraph of your statement should include this story. It should lay out the groundwork for what is to follow. Basically, it should lay out your long term plan to contribute to social work and humanity in a certain area and then indicate how this passion that you have is rooted in your own experience.

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1.) Fill Out Online Interview Form.

2.) Send resume/CV & rough draft to drrobertedinger@gmail.com

An old wise man and creative writer, for as many applicants as I can, I draft a model first paragraph for your Statement free of charge to promote my service. 

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I want to help you get accepted to graduate school in Social Work.

It is very important that you carefully review the style and presentation of your application material for graduate school before submitting it, especially your Personal Statement of Purpose. Seeking the assistance of a professional writer is often a very good idea, especially if English is your second or third language. I would be happy to draft the first paragraph free of charge so that I have the opportunity to demonstrate to you how I can help in this regard. You will only need to pay for my services if you are very impressed with the first paragraph and decide to commission me to draft the entire statement.

I would be happy to provide you with a highly eloquent Statement that portrays you as someone with enormous potential to contribute to the advance of the social work field over the long term. After you fill out my Online Interview Form, I will ask you some specific questions by email if I need any further information. Please also send your resume/CV and or rough draft if you have one.

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Thank you very much.  I thought the draft was beautiful and concise and helps capture what I wanted to convey.  I did make some brief modifications and change some words.  Once again, thank you so much because I know this will increase my chance of getting the position.  I will keep you guys updated.  I truly appreciate your service. 

I help as many people as I can in the area of Social Work, usually the MSW Degree, because I find special joy working in this field. There is a lot of sadness in Social Work and occasionally it brings me to tears while drafting the statement; I have to stop and dry my eyes. Nevertheless, the sadness is in the past and the triumph is to overcome and process that sadness, as social workers and counselors do, and then turn their attention to helping others that suffer. Social workers tend to be noble people, not by birth or by station, but by the fact that they have been victims, have suffered, and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, building new lives, overcoming their past histories of abuse or neglect, and are now helping others to do so as well.

My service is quite different from other statement writing services on the Internet for several reasons. I am the little guy on the web, not a big business like most of my competitors. You deal directly with me. I answer all of your questions completely free of charge and I am solely responsible for producing a statement that you are very pleased with.

Please note that I attend to my clients in the order in which I have received their payments. 

Thank you so much!  I only had to make very minor changes, and felt that the statement was still very much me.  I knew what I wanted to say, and felt it came through in the final product.  After I sent the rough draft (rough may be an understatement) I thought of all of information I left out, but when read the amended draft, it was like you read my mind! Thank you so much for helping me to get one step closer to reaching my goals.

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