This thesis reports on findings from a critical qualitative study exploring and challenging normative notions of what it means to be a social worker. I investigate how practicing social workers in Alberta negotiate their personal and professional identities. Drawing on 22 transcripts from semi-structured interviews with 11 unique participants, I analyze discursive strategies that are used to define and categorize what social work is and who social workers are expected to be. Grounded in critical and anti-oppressive theories and methodologies - namely Critical Disability Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis - I critique how dominance and power are woven into narratives of identity, belonging, and pride within the interview data. In particular, I illustrate how being a social worker is constructed in opposition to being a client. I conclude by reflecting on what social work could become when the rigid exclusionary boundaries of the profession are unraveled and reimagined.