We come across amazing people doing amazing things all the time. We thought we’d start sharing their stories and the incredible work they do since they define what it means to be a do-gooder. So here’s Kari Jennings’ personal story of what it’s like to be a social worker helping people with mental illness.
By Kari Jennings, Social Worker
My name is Kari Jennings. I received my BSW from SUNY Albany in 2000 and MSW from Cal State East Bay in 2009. I am currently completing the hours necessary to be eligible to get my LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). I have been working in community mental health since 2002. I am drawn to working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Our work together consists of supporting the adults to function as active participants in their communities and to manage their symptoms so that they can have a fulfilling life, as defined by the client. We work together to identify goals and interests that lead the client to finding daily activities such as school, work, volunteering or being involved in projects that interest them. My work comes from a strength-based perspective and I strive to empower all the adults I work with to find their strengths and a positive sense of self.