As a social work professional, you must take into account your own personal values before you can be an effective worker in this field. Social workers sometimes need to put their own values aside when working with clients who don’t share their same ideals. Clients are diverse and are not going to always have the same values that the worker has. Social workers need to be professional and adhere to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) guidelines when working with any client.
Before reading the chapter written by Allan Barksy, I had a different understanding of my values. Entering into the social work profession is providing a different outlook and definition regarding values. In the social work profession values are not only personal, they must also include my client’s values. For example, I will be working at Child Net during my field internship. Child Net is a facility for children that are abused, neglected, molested, and other situations that I will be exposed too. These families may have values similar to mine, but their values may be viewed differently. Emotional security was one of my highly desirable values for Table 1.1. After giving this some thought regarding the situations I will be working with, emotional security will be hard to maintain working at Child Net. I say this because my
As a human service professional my own philosophy of life, your personal values, and your vision for the future of the world, and your values in relationships will inevitably impact on the decisions I make, and how I will react when they are questioned by clients, other professionals or conflict with the policies, procedures and laws I will work under. The important role ethics holds in providing a guideline for best practice and ethical decision making, in protecting both the counsellor and the client, and providing professional legitimacy (O’Connor, Wilson, and Setterlund, 2003, p.224). I will explore my personal values, and how congruent they are with the core values of social work and human services. By doing this regularly as a human services professional, I am better equipped at dealing with clashes between my values and the values of clients, other professionals and agencies, and managing the challenge of not imposing my personal values on others and when advocating for social justice.
Every organization has key values, mission and vision. Promoting these values indicates that you are in cinque with the growth of the organization.
Growing up, I have always known that I want to make a positive difference in peoples lives. After going through several experiences as a child, it became clear to me that I should go into the field of social work. Social workers create positive change in the wellness of individuals in various ways and as a social worker, my goals will be to influence a positive social change. There are many ways that I can attain this goal, whether it be personally in my social work practice, or within the community of social workers that I will work amongst. Some of the ways that I can do this is by promoting healthy and active living, offering programs, supports and services targeted towards older adults and by having age friendly environments readily available to members of the community.
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“In this essay, we have been asked to critically assess the professional values in the ‘British Association of Social Work’ (BASW). With this the concepts of ethics and how this operates in social work practice and analyse the general role in governing and representatives bodies in social work practice”.
I would say that the main source of my values is my parents. They instilled these values into me from a young age and as I grow older I can feel and see these values growing stronger as I experience life. I grew up watching my parents struggle. I grew up watching them work to rise from that struggle and I took in everything I learned. I learned about hard work and respect, and I learned how to care for others. I think that it is essential that you give others the respect that they rightfully deserve. I think that what helped most in developing this value is my parents’ open mindedness. I was taught that my life is mine and that I should make the decisions that I feel are the best for me. Not for anyone else. But also, everyone else makes the
Hi Sarah, interesting post! I never thought that the black and blue or white and gold were a part of a campaign by the Salvation Army. I thought that went viral because of "fun" purpose. The real campaign behind the debate of the dress color was very meaningful. I think The Salvation Army can integrate the use of social media with their Integrated Marketing Communications strategy successfully. According to Mangold & Faulds, 2009, an organization may link their values with the message of the campaign. As The Salvation Army is a nonprofit community that want to contribute into society, the use of this campaign can reflect their organizational value. However, do you think that the discussions of the campaign became a humorous debate over the
The values of the social work profession has the following six core values; service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. It is my belief that because so many of these values align with my personal beliefs this profession is a perfect fit for me. While all of theses values I resonate with, the three that are of the utmost importance are social justice, dignity and worth of a person, and social justice. These values mean the most to me because I believe theses are the location in our practice that we can show our humanity. My own value along with the profession values of the social worker industry has highly affected my practice as a social worker. Being someone who