Personal motivation and experience is crucial to social work, says Mandel School’s David Crampton

Reason to choose social work is often deeply personal

The Plain Dealer: Personal motivation matters in social work—often more than it does in other professions—because workers use their personal history to relate to clients and to fuel them through long days. “Not only do you have to be motivated to do this really tough work. But also you have to be willing to work in a system that doesn’t give you a lot of tools,” said David Crampton, associate professor of social work.