Title: Social Worker, Therapist (Retired)
Location: Fruitport, Michigan, United States
Bonnie Vokits, Social Worker and Therapist (Retired), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social work.
Ms. Vokits was on her way to become a teacher when she felt a calling to make the switch from completing her degree in teaching to majoring in psychology. Upon changing to psychology, she took on an internship whereupon she worked with disabled individuals. The internship advisor told her she did an excellent job working as a psychologist while her PhD internship advisor and her friends told her she would make a good social worker. Hesitant at first to go into social work, Ms. Vokits eventually enrolled in the program and set out to become a therapist. Upon making this decision, she realized it was the perfect match for her career.
Ms. Vokits first earned an AA from Muskegon Community College in 1984 and continued with the internship that helped her figure out her future at the Muskegon Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled. In 1986, she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Grand Valley State College. She continued at the institution to receive an MSW in 1990. In order to work professionally, she received certification from the Academy of Certified Social Workers in the state of Michigan. Ms. Vokits considers earning her degrees as the highlight of her career as she recognizes how hard she worked for them. In addition, she is also proud that all her daughters have college degrees and, in 2002, when she and her husband went on a mission trip to Jamaica to work with 150 deaf children. Ms. Vokits also started an agency to serve the deaf and hard of hearing.
Ms. Vokits is also proud of publishing her book, “My Journey to Ephphatha, Discovering Ways God Guides Us to our Purpose.” For this work, she was named one of the Top 5 Finest from the Indie Book Awards in 2018. Since 1992, Ms. Vokits has served as a family counselor for the Muskegon Circuit Court. From 2007 to 2012, she provided her skills and services in full-time private practice. Earlier in her career, Ms. Vokits worked as a therapist and social worker for such institutions as the Mercy Stress Management and Muskegon Public Schools. She has maintained professional affiliation with the National Association of Social Workers, Community Networking Agencies, Daughters of the American Revolution, Mayflower Society, Colonial Dams Church Choir, Disability Justice League of West Michigan and the Magna Carta Society.
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