Influence Of Social Work

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In today’s media, social work is presumed as the client lying down on a comfortable, leather seat; while the therapist holds a notepad with a pen/pencil, pushing up his/her eyeglasses, asking the client typical questions about their “innermost thoughts” in order to seek out his/her bad ora. Except, social work is much more complex than that. A majority of society believes that anyone can be a social worker; that social workers are similar to therapists, and all it takes is one session. They believe that to be a social worker is to relate to/with the client, and then be able to navigate through their problems in any manner they choose; but—it is more than that. A social worker must learn the concepts of the systems perspective. To fully navigate…show more content…
Most can agree that “diversity is a broad subject area to examine”, and in order for that “broad subject” to be grasped, “social workers need to understand their own prejudices, that oppression experienced needs to be acknowledged and that power is a crucial component of any relationship” (Francis Mcfaul, 2013, pg 328). Social workers learn to examine themselves first and foremost before demanding their clients to let their walls down for discussion. As social workers allow themselves to remove their biased frameworks from blocking other perspectives, they will amplify the quality of client-oriented practice and comprehending diversity. If a social worker was Caucasian and middle class, he/she should feel comfortable and empathize sincerely with a client who is in poverty and black. In order to comprehend diverse cultures, social workers must “[seek] uniqueness, worth, and dignity of each system” (Dziegielewski, 2016, pg. 145). By intentionally finding the “uniqueness”, social workers will cherish it and adapt to truly connect with others. If they are not desiring the divergence, they will merely overlook the diversity and access their client’s situation through their eyes not the client’s. Diversity and systems perspective go hand in hand of a social worker; thus, a social worker cannot simply master the systems perspective without diversity. Diversity is “highly complex and multifaceted expression of being human” (Parrot, 2014, pg. 428). However, when grasped, this complexity becomes rather simple, and becomes habituated into a social worker’s thinking. Through the awareness of diversity, social workers are able to explore the different “learning styles” and “[encourage] the need for reflective practice” for the emphasis of the importance of healthy clients (Mcfaul, 2013, pg.328). To be able to “[understand] cultural differences through a number of

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