Self Reflection In Social Work

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Having a clear comprehension of your personal values, biases, and beliefs before interacting with clients is something which is essential for social workers, particularly newly practicing ones. This is because they may not even be aware of what they are bringing into the interaction. Unfortunately, this can end up being damaging to the client-worker relationship. A poor relationship can stem from offending the client, or by pushing your personal beliefs on them. Therefore, self-reflection is crucial for social workers and must be used consistently throughout their career to be the most effective professional they can be. Each professional social worker generally has their own beliefs on what health and mental health means to them, can vary widely across a spectrum, but I believe these health aspects include the overall well-being someone experiences regarding physical, mental, emotional, and social health. These are multiple aspects which individuals need to balance, but it can provide a unique sense of well-being for the person. This is because most individuals will have differing ideas of their own of what health and mental health means to them. Another way I look at health and mental health is the absence of, or control of any illnesses or diseases. With individuals living for longer and longer periods of time it is very rare to not obtain a chronic condition at some point in their life, but it is possible to effectively control a significant portion of these conditions
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