Q&A with Jay!
In honor of National Social Work Month, we sat down with our own Jay Burkhardt to get his views on his profession and learn a little more about him.
Q. How long have you been a social worker?
A. Since 2000 when I got my master’s degree from VCU's School of Social Work. So, that's 23 years and nearly all that time has been with older adults, 13 in adult day specifically.
Q. What does this year's National Social Work Month theme, "Breaking Barriers" mean to you?
A. Social workers work within and around systems that are imperfect at best. We have to, if we want to positively impact others. By working diligently to either physically connect people with resources or the information to access resources, the profession breaks barriers. Our work not only seeks to help the individual, but also, as we identify gaps in service, we collectively advocate for change at the policy level.
Q. What brings you the most joy?
A. That’s easy! Getting to know the people we serve and watching them become more comfortable and engaged in all that Circle Center offers. Also, the feeling of satisfaction in developing meaningful relationships with their care partners.
Click here to read the rest of our interview with Jay, including his views on aging in America.