Many social workers went from working in private agencies, to working with public agencies to help the people suffering from poverty. “1000 social workers took jobs in public sectors, they fought to train caseworkers and otherwise improve the public sector service”(Abramowitz, 1998, p.513.) Social workers as a change agent, aim to make a change and in this case, social workers were helping the people suffering from poverty. These challenges facilitate social workers to have an impact towards the people. This can also relate to person in environment, “Social workers realize that they must pay attention to the environment in which people live, and they work to change the environment so that if functions more effectively for individuals, families, and communities”(Segal, Gerdes, Steiner, 2014, p.7).
Social Work and Social Policy are two professions that help individuals aid the people in society by means of the work that they do. Just like every profession known to mankind, social work and social policy have their advantages and disadvantages that are taken into consideration by an individual when deciding if they want to choose Social Work or Social Policy as the profession that they want to work in. Starting with Social work, there are various aspects to consider when debating whether to choose this profession : personal qualities, goals, motivations, skills, values, job opportunities and job satisfaction. In regards to personal qualities, one must keep in mind that a social worker will need multiple characteristics to be a good social
Social work is a unique profession with lots meaning, action, and the power to make a difference. I have interest to pull communities together, as one, help individuals and families find solutions, advance changes in social stance, promote social justice, and foster human and global well-being. Being a social worker is often a challenging yet rewarding career. Social work is a selfless and demanding field. I am great at listening, able to judge situations fairly and accurately.
According to Collins English Dictionary, “social work” means “social services that give help and advice to the poor, the elderly, and families with problems.” (www.collinslanguage.com). It is very hard to define social work as its work is so varied and sparse within society today. Feminist social workers tend to work more with women and help them to understand and alleviate their problems. Dominelli (1997: 246) postulates “ I define feminist social work as a form of social work practice which takes gendered inequality and it’s elimination as the starting point for working with women whether as individuals, in groups or within organizations and seeks to promote women’s well-being as women define it”. This quote illustrates the difference between mainstream social work which deals with both genders and feminist social work which concentrates on women within society.
This system of oppression gave power and control those in the dominant group and allowed the inequality to persist. In today’s social work profession, it is constantly addressed that social workers should be prepared to work with any population in the community. Social workers are taught to be sensitive and aware of their power. By doing so, better client-worker relationships are build and better service results are achieved. Social workers are taught to be aware of their power, so that they are not controlling the client 's decision, but rather teaching them how to make their own decisions.
Professionalism is one of the most important competencies of social work. Maintaining all the different aspects and qualities of professionalism will not only portray us as good social workers, but also the more competent and empathetic we are the better we are able to help and assist our clients. Preparing for this in my field work has already showed me how I need to behave and appear to the patients at Hardin
Much discussion is devoted to the literature regarding group work as it remains an integral part of the social work field. Group work is important as “the need to belong is one of the most basic and powerful human needs as well as the most social” (Ashford, & Lecroy, 2008, pg. 140). Group work is found to be an effective intervention and has become a major treatment modality in the mental health services (Knight, 2017; Clements, 2008). This intervention has been found just as effective as an individual intervention (Knight, 2017).
Social workers are committed to human rights. I agree with these views because the standards step into the cultural and context of social work practice. Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice, with the ethics and values standard was establish to set boundaries, dual relationship, and
7) Diverse Workforce Recruiting different culture and ethnic groups within the social work profession can increase avenues of cultural competency. This will reflect the social workers’ commitment to diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, a diverse workforce of social workers can bring skills or knowledges to the profession that can enhance the delivery of services to the clients 8) Professional Education Education and training need to keep up to meet the changing needs of the client populations. Social workers should be provided with training and opportunities for continuing education to sustain their competency and
When we go through the literature of professional social work it is clear that we do not have any significant work or contribution. But it cannot be denied that it is indeed happening but informally. Lack of documentation and research in this area is we need to make a note.. Globally international professional social work bodies such as National Association of Social workers - USA, British Association for Social Workers, Australian Association of Social Workers etc. have put their organized and well planned Mentoring program in place. But we do not find any such endeavor in our Indian Association for Professional Social workers.