Meet Robert Schmus, LCSW! Robert works as a licensed social worker at a residential house for adolescents with developmental disabilities. Being on the spectrum himself, he is also a self-advocate and advocate for adults on the autism spectrum. He has been part of numerous advisory boards, done public speaking events, and is working on becoming a motivational speaker.
1.) What are the major responsibilities of your job as a social worker?
I provide individual counseling, group therapy, family therapy, conduct treatment team meetings, put together treatment plans, and conduct assessments.
2.) What led you to this career path?
A lot of what led me here was due to my diagnoses of being on the spectrum and those who have helped me along the way.
3.) How has having ASD been beneficial in your line of work?
I am able to bring a different perspective to the line of work. I can greatly empathize with some of the issues they are having due to having them myself when I was their age.
4.) Were/are there any challenges you encounter at work as a person with ASD?
There are many challenges that I face. I have faced much transference at my work. Also, there have been many times where my anxiety has taken hold of me. There is also the difficulty with change.
5.) Why is advocacy so important for individuals with ASD?
Many of these individuals want to love independent lives but do not know where to start. I feel that through advocacy, these individuals can receive what they need to better their lives.