Faculty/Staff Spotlight: D. Kaye Weitzman

  1. Kaye Weitzman has her master’s degree in social work from The University of Kentucky. She has over 30 years of experience in the social work field. She is an adjunct professor and started teaching at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 1995.

Weitzman teaches a class that she designed herself called social work and therapy in today’s world. The class comes from her years in social work.  Weitzman has done impatient work for four years, hospital social work for three years, and worked in a rural health clinic.  She also had her own personal practice for six years.  Throughout her practice as a social worker she saw patients from the age of 18 months to 103 years old.

Weitzman says that the best part about being a social worker for so many years is being able to talk with a person and see them make the connection that they can obtain the tools they need to change their life.

This can also be applicable to her classroom as well because she explains that teaching people allows her to have the outside perspective of watching people gain these tools and then apply them to their lives.

The worst thing about social work Weitzman says is “when someone refuses help and when society doesn’t support proper amenities within considerable grasp.”

“When people are so close to being able to overcome the things that are bothering them, but they cannot find a facility in their area to treat the problem, that’s heartbreaking.”

Weitzman pointed out three essential rules of life:

Do not panic

Absolutely nothing is written in stone

Do not panic (yes, she says this twice to reiterate the idea that as long as followers think the leader is not panicking, they will not panic either)

Weitzman makes a profound statement with regards to her career choice and the assumption that most people do not stay in the profession long because they get bored from reliving the same problems through different people.

“People think you get bored, but every person you meet is like a new book to read.”

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