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“Thought of the Day: Shara Ruffin, LCSW After 5 grueling hours of testing!”

shara got licensedAmazing post from Shara on the SWTP Facebook Group:

You are now looking at

Shara Ruffin, LCSW, ACSW, C-SWHC, BC-TMH

After 5 grueling hours !

Yes I have alphabet soup and I don't give a damn!!

Thought of the Day:

Shara Ruffin, LCSW

After 5 grueling hours of testing!

MY Testimony

10 years since I received my Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Howard University School of Social Work .

7 years since passing my master level social work license. (LSW)

It usually takes 2 years to get the LCSW, however life happened between my masters degree and present day. 2010 -2020.

2011 -failed by 3 points LSW exam.

2013- passed by 15 points LSW.

2014- Marriage

Gave Birth to a still born daughter

Gave birth to a medically compromised son

2015-Managing single motherhood post-partum depression, anxiety, trauma, while working a full time job as a mental health professional and working toward clinical hours.

2016 -Military Divorce

November 2019 -failed LCSW exam by 2 pts

December 2019 - after I failed my exam. I put my failure aside and I coached a social work colleague and college friend through their LCSW and she passed.

March 2020 -Lost ability to work after the pandemic started due to needing to homeschool son at home. I had to apply for foodstamps due to loss in income.

shara passed the lcsw examApril 2020 -Invested stimulus money and taxes into increasing my clinical skills, while studying for the LCSW exam.

July 2020

I applied for state insurance because I did not have health insurance . Reach out to a mental health facility because my mental health was declining for help, due to my GAD and ADHD symptoms increasing. I got on medication for my anxiety and adhd through a psychiatrist and received Individual counseling for my anxiety.

August 2020

Got testing accommodations through ASWB, separate testing room for read aloud, 1 extra hour of testing after getting an updated neuropsychiatric evaluation which my insurance did not pay for which was an extra $500.00.

November 6th, 2020 I passed the LCSW exam.

BOTTOM LINE

"You have a dream go get it no matter what life throws at you".

Advocate for yourself.

Get help when you needed it

November 6th, 2020 I passed the LCSW exam.

BOTTOM LINE

"You have a dream go get it no matter what life throws at you".

shara pennsylvania lcsw licenseThank you for all the help to those that have known and witnessed the journey !

She followed up today with this, alongside a picture of her license.

So I just cried for 30 minutes I opened my mail today and it became real

Congratulations, Shara! Proud to have played a small part in helping you get to this moment. Go get 'em!

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