3 Questions with Rhiannon Goshow-Snook, LCSW, Intensive Care Coordinator, In Home Therapy Haverhill

1. Rhiannon, was social work your first career choice and what attracted you to the field?

I actually went into college thinking I wanted to do music education. However, when I found out I needed to audition for this, I decided to go into school undecided. I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted a career that would involve helping people; I just didn’t know what that career would be. Then I saw an advertisement for a January Term class at my school for Introduction to Social Work and decided to give it a try. We had a field trip every week that involved volunteering at various social service agencies and ever since this, I knew that social work was the career for me.

2. Name one thing that you wish more people understood about the professional role and the daily work of a social worker?

I often wish more people understood the flexibility of social work and that it allows for one to work with numerous different groups of people throughout your career. Part of what drew me to becoming an intensive care coordinator, for example, is how the role involves supporting families from a holistic point of view.

3. How does your social work experience and education guide your work in your current role in In-Home Family Therapy?

Over the course of my undergraduate education, I completed two internships, one working with families who are homeless, as well as one working with people with disabilities. I also chose to study abroad in Uganda and spent a semester there working at an orphanage. During graduate school, I then spent a year working with the elderly, as well as an additional year doing play therapy with children. This variety of experiences over the course of my education has allowed me to both solidify my choice in pursuing a career in social work, and allowed me to learn the importance of being flexible and always open to learning from clients.