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Interview with a Social Worker

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Background Information

Captain Rob Geis agreed to be interviewed and share his experiences with the next generation of Social Workers. Native to Ohio, he graduated High School in 1979, he continued his education at Ohio State University from 1982-1986, completing his Masters in Social Work. For the past 24 years, he has served as a Social Worker in the United States Army. In his current position he is responsible for the Department of Social Work Services. Previous positions have included: two assignments as a Division Social Worker, Medical Inpatient Social Worker, Chief of Social Work, Division Chief of Mental Health, Clinical Director of Army Substance Abuse Program, Combat Operation Stress Control Commander, and General Staff Officer (Geis, 2012). Academic positions have included both, the Army Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) as well as the Command and General Staff College.

Social Worker’s Primary Role

Throughout Captain Geis’ career, he has been able to diversify his practice throughout the many positions that the Army has had available. Positions such as Division Social Worker allowed him to focus on the treatment of soldiers and their families. His current role as Chief of Social Work and Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army affords him the maneuverability to push concepts that may be utilized across the military in support of prevention and treatment of behavioral health.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Chief of Social Work, he has limited time in a clinical setting. This can make a true analysis of NASW ethics in his situation difficult. With the increased responsibilities of his position he is not in the position of treatment, yet through the navigation of policies, he is ...

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