Social Case Analysis

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A. My interest in social work began at a young age. In middle school I started attending my school’s church and became heavily involved in the church’s youth group. It was then that I was first introduced to the act of service and what it really means to help others. As part of our activities, we would feed the homeless and visit convalescent hospitals to volunteer. By participating in these activities, I began to take interest in the homeless and elderly populations. Another avenue that sparked my interest in Social Work was a classmate’s father, who was a Social Worker for the county. He and I would have discussions about the duty of a Social Worker and I would constantly ask him questions to satiate my curiosity about the profession. My passion for people continued through high school, as I stayed involved with youth group. After high school, I continued my education at Azusa Pacific University. I entered into the University undeclared, but I had been strongly considering Social Work as my major due in part to my experiences. Once I made the decision to move forward and select Social Work as my major, everything clicked and I felt as though I was right where I was supposed to be. I chose to pursue Social Work due to my philosophy of justice and believing in the progression towards a just world, or as Gandhi puts it; being the change you wish to see. I wanted a career that allowed me to work with people and provide help to individuals in need. I wanted a career that strives to provide equal opportunity for all people and works to end the dilemmas our society faces. I am highly motivated to obtain my Masters in Social Work in spite of some difficulties. Some of the obstacles I face in pursuing a graduate educati... ... middle of paper ... ...acility. This solution provided safety for the resident by placing her in a higher monitored region of the facility. Her son would have to check in before visiting, allowing staff to keep an eye on him in a designated meeting area. Even though the solution seemed fitting, the resident did not wish to be moved. The facility could not violate her decision to stay, but we also could not allow her son to continue to pose a threat. After two days of working with the resident and discussing options, she hesitantly agreed to move to another room. This benefited her in many ways, because it allowed her to stay in contact with her son while retaining a safe environment. Through this situation I learned that the human will can defy rationality, but as a Social Worker I must still strive to safely and efficiently handle these situations in a way that accommodates their rights.
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