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Why Social Work? The social work profession stimulates social change, problem solving in human relationships, and the empowerment and freedom of people to improve their welfare. Social work mediates at the point where people interact with their environments. Human Rights and Justice are some of the main things social work focuses on. Social work is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to improve the quality of life and well- being of an individual, group, or community by intervening through research, policy, crisis intervention, community organizing, direct practice, and teaching on behalf of those afflicted with poverty. Apparent social injustices, violations of vulnerable population’s civil liberties and human rights are addressed by the social work profession as well. Human development, social policy, public administration, psychotherapy, counseling, program evaluation, and community development are some of the areas in which social work is utilized. Social work can be very broad or operate on a local level. There are many facets that social work can be facilitate in, in order to produce outcomes of a positive nature. Social work distinguishes the struggle of interactions between human beings and their environment. The social work profession pulls on systems theories such as Ecosystems, Family, Person-In-Environment, Strengths Perspective and Ethics. It differs from other disciplines because it is so broad and one can wear multiple hats when working with people from all walks of life. The Strengths Perspective is a way of viewing clients that influences a social workers approach to helping others. This perception allows social workers to assist clients with identifying and emphasizing talents, skills, possibilities and hopes (DuBois; 2011). Focusing on strengths of families can aid in human dignity and worth. Finding possible solutions to problems in homes of children who are being abused will be the main focus. A lot of times the parent

Ethical traits that should be possessed and are congruent with my beliefs and values are respect. Parents of neglected children should feel confident and assured that a competent as well as educated social worker will assist them. emphasis on solutions and strengths. Dignity and worth of a person oft times comes after social justice and compassion are extended to an individual or family. and compassion to those in needs. I want the population that I will service to know that they can depend on me for education. kindness. Most of the evidence concerning outcomes of CPS worker and client relationships is qualitative in nature and suggests that relationship qualities--including cooperative and collaborative problem solving. empathic understanding. . Education is important to me and would be equally important to me as a social worker. and flexibility-may contribute to earlier case closure and favorable case outcomes (Hill. and child protective custody).Running Header: Why Social Work 2 needs education or to know that he or she can explore alternative ways to resolve problems. The particular area of social work that interests me is Child welfare (school.2012). Someone has to be the one to take a stand for the children. hope and compassion. good listening skills. social justice. The change the family needs may be within the system. Putting one’s self in someone else’s situation can help to shed light on how a person may feel or would like to be treated. Competence and integrity are some of the ethics and values that are congruent with my personal values. Social Justice for children is a priority for me because children need a voice and at times to be rescued out of compromising situations beyond their control. Problems that are emerging from the outside sometimes will cause issues within the home. Dignity and worth of a person. Compassion for those persons in needs services as a way to help someone feel comfortable with expressing feelings and needs. treat other as you wish to be treated.

Providing assistance to improve the well-being of clients. and service driven attitude and a yearning to make a difference in someone’s life. When one has great self-awareness. Everyone is not cut out to be a social worker. it is the job of the social worker to project what the individual is trying to articulate. compassionate. he or she is better prepared to recognize experiences that will add meaning to life. we create a path of meaning. especially those who are neglected. (Clients are individuals. families. According to Hill. While maximize human potential. inequality and injustice are ways in which the code of ethics for social work can assist persons of vulnerable populations (Hill. says (Holland. I reflected on who I am and what am I supposed to be doing at this point in my life. Upholding people’s interests and rights is one of the first things a social worker should do for the client. and working to achieve social justice through social development and social change people’s interests can be addressed and solutions unveiled. promoting policies and practices that achieve a fair allocation of social resources.1991). disadvantaged or have exceptional needs). Working with individuals. groups.Running Header: Why Social Work 3 Working with and enabling people to achieve the best possible levels of personal and social well-being. . acting to bring about social change to reduce social barriers. Since many do not have a voice that is being heard. vulnerable. raising awareness of structural inequities.1991) . organizations and societies. communities. It take a caring. economic and political resources will allow the individual to link to resources that are available to them. When considering what career path I would take. groups and communities in the pursuit and achievement of equitable access to social. Instilling this concept someone can see what they can do for themselves and then create their own way in life.

I have often times gotten directly involved so that children could get an education. I saw many cases were a social worker was called to a situation and the situation was never resolved and children were left to their own devices. It is broad. not having parents that have their best interested at heart. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs was not being met. I oft times noticed that a lot of the mothers were by-products of their mothers and products of their environment. be fed daily. I knew there was a place for me in the social work field. neglected. but the glory is that if help is desire. and it was at these times that I knew that my talk was cheap if I never made a step in order to bring change to a child or family in need. at times. This is a profession that is unique in many ways.2012). Many families will be helped and other will not. physically and mentally abused. helps vulnerable populations. casework. it is available to all. can fieldwork. . in schools. In most of these cases the basic needs were not being met. and they really did not know that they style in which they were chastising. in the community. help those who cannot help themselves. feeding patterns. Moreover. and many more areas. social workers are faced with opposition to in-home intervention on the part of colleagues who insist that it is imperative to meet clients within the social worker's professional domain (waisbrod. and basic structure of the family was off. The phrase “talk is cheap” became real to me. family therapists using in-home intervention have reported feeling incapable of helping multiproblem families. In spite of the unique advantages of psychosocial intervention at home.Running Header: Why Social Work 4 After seeing many children starving. bathed and clothed. Social Work Profession is filled with meaningful experiences as well as feelings of accomplishment among workers and clients. and mentally recused from mothers and father who curse them on a daily basis as well as abuse drugs in the children’s presence. I wanted to make a difference.

Hill.p. 36(2). C.1093/sw/sws020 . Social Work. 121. Karla Krogsrud Miley. doi:10. (2011). 353.1093/sw/sws011 Waisbrod. (2012). Holland.Running Header: Why Social Work 5 Reference DuBois. 138. 57(4). Perceived Welfare Caseworker Support and Psychological Distress among Low-Income Urban Women with Children. N. Ethical Issues in Social Work: Toward a Grounded Theory of Professional Ethics. T. (2012). Social Work. 7thed. S. doi:10. (1991). 57(2).115. Social Work: an Empowering Profession/ BrendaDuBois. In-Home Intervention with Families in Distress: Changing Places to Promote Change. T. Social Work. Brenda.