When you take your work into yourself and your life it can take a lot out of you. It is of the essence that you take care of yourself emotionally, physically and psychologically. If you are well rested and healthy you will take much more satisfaction out of your work than if you are not in good health. (Simmons) As a social worker, they must learn and perform self-awareness of their motivations, expectations, and biases. To know how one’s behavior affects someone is important for one’s own development and learning how to help your client to, because if you know how to help yourself you can figure out how to help the client.
This helps a service user undergo a restful experience while sharing their drawbacks. I highly agree on this type of method as it directs social workers towards meeting goals and objectives which would, in turn, satisfy a service user. However, a difficulty that social workers may face, is dealing with disadvantaged service users who only speak their native language. This would limit the process of communication between the practitioner and the user, leading to a failure in meeting the professional purpose. This would present the effort of social work in supporting all individuals regardless of their
Social workers provide dedicated services to clients by putting their needs first and helping them address daily challenges. Social justice allows social workers who inherently have a desire to help others who otherwise are unable to advocate for themselves. Regardless of a person's beliefs or cultural background, social workers use human dignity and worth of a person to set aside any biases that a social worker may have and help the client address those needs. Being culturally competent allows a social worker to understand the differences in diverse vulnerable populations by understanding their culture and customs. Social workers induce integrity in their profession by being responsible, honest, and ethical at all times.
The board of social workers does not expect you to know the answer to every case that comes your way. The board does expect you to enhance the wellbeing of humans and assist them in meeting their basic needs (NASW, 2008, para.1). This mission is made possible by providing service, advocating for others, treating people with dignity and respect, understanding the importance of human relationships, performing duties with integrity, and provides services with your expertise. Social workers primary goal is helping people (NASW, 2008,
Person-centered therapy is all about empowering and accepting individuals, which is a main goal of social workers. As social workers, we must empower our clients so they can, and will, make their own decisions for their own lives. Social workers must accept their clients for who they are as individuals and not judge them when assisting them. This therapy focuses on a lot of things that are in the NASW’s code of ethics such as valuing the dignity and worth of a person, and promoting self-determination in clients. As social workers we are supposed to be mindful of the differences in people, respect those differences, and not push our beliefs or ideas on them.
This model believes that an individual may be free from disease or physical injury however social factors that surrounds a person will determine their wellbeing. In the social dimension of health a person has to be able to interact with people, such as friends and family. According to Antonia C. Lyons and Kerry Chamberlain (2006) Health Psychology a Critical introduction ‘studies have demonstrated an association between what is called social integration and physical health, including mortality rates’. The skill to be able to build healthy relationships may give an individual a positive self-image. Poor social skills may mean that an individual may become isolated or stressed.
Introduction As we have learned, social work is a helping profession as a result, it is vital that we as social workers are well adverse. Social workers most often are the first response team to clients. As a result, if we as social workers do not make a good impression by being empathetic, understanding, and supportive to our client’s needs; they are not going to return for services in the future. As social worker’s we are taught a set of skills (in which align to the NASW core values) that allow us to be successful and significant while provide assistance to our clients. This allows us to provide the appropriate treatment, resources, and have them readily available for the clients.
They are beneficial tools that guide social workers in the process of asking questions, complete the assessments and develop a treatment plan. It gives us an insight of what to expect or predict about a presenting problem. “Historically, it was proposed that social work did not merit the status of an established profession because it did not have a theoretical knowledge base” (Robbins, Chatterjee, Canda, 2006, p.14). Therefore, the use of theories, paradigms and models, help social workers to gain credibility because they support our ideas. They help social workers to get more knowledge by providing a clear explanation of what we believe and an opportunity to expand that knowledge by discovering more information about people’s behavior in the environment.
As one can begin to feel for the client and to put themselves in their shoes, a social worker can be more effective in getting the clients’ needs met. In the study of Gerdes and Segal (2011) they concluded that “social work practitioners need to develop their own empathetic abilities to enhance their effectiveness with clients and to protect themselves with compassion or practice fatigue and burnout”. This shows that as a social work can get a client like Joseph who may be facing many problems, having empathy not only can help the client in getting the help need, but for the social worker to not get exhausted in the case. Moreover, as a social worker is engaging with a client such as Joseph who shows signs of other problems, but is not indicating them listening in the assessment and critically thinking can be essential. “The ability to carefully listen is critical in social work skill because you want to hear the client’s situation as she or he has experienced it, which might be different form your expectations” (Birkenmaier & Weger, 2013).
If your social health is low or bad then your physical health may be low or bad which can also affect your mental health along with emotional. Having good social health can boost your immune system too! something you have to be careful of is your health can affect the health of others around you. The best way to keep yourself socially healthy or become socially healthy is the practice your self-care or to learn how to take care of yourself without medical, professional, or assistance or oversight. Also simply know yourself, if you know that you are sometimes mean try to fix that and your social health will improve.