The Role of Social Workers

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The Role of Social Workers Brittany walks into her room and slumps on her bed. Although she knows tears should be running down her cheeks, her face is dry. She clutches the envelope that she received in the mail today with the results of her blood test. She just found out she is HIV positive four weeks after she was hit with the news that she was pregnant. If her brother was here, he could help, but he died in a car accident four months ago. "What am I going to do? What are my parents going to say? Who is the father of this baby?" Without a job or high school education she feels like she has not hope. She is trapped. "Maybe I should just end it all right now. This is too much for me…" There are people in our society that have committed their lives to helping people help themselves. Emerging as a profession in the early twentieth century, social work has become a vital component in society. The main goal of all social workers, no matter their area of expertise, is aimed at enriching and enhancing an individual's or a community's social or economic condition. Social workers interact with people and attempt to enhance the quality of life that people in a community live. They help people find the resources they need to help them out with problems they might have on a physical, emotional, or mental level. The Profession of Social Work: Social workers are special people. They spend their lives assisting others in their life crises no matter how large or small someone else might perceive them to be. The have unique qualities that are a prerequisite to be successful at the job and at relating with the people who come to you for help. Personal qualities make a significant difference in one's ability to inter... ... middle of paper ... ...meone you may never see again or to anonymously grab a pamphlet off of a table and read it in your own spare time is an effective way to provide awareness to people that would otherwise be hard to reach. Sometimes the volunteers do not know all that answers to questions that are presented to them. In these cases, they will provide numbers of hotlines that can be called to insure that the person seeking the information receives the proper and accurate answers to the questions that they need answered. Some of the hotlines that are provided by the organization are as follows: Centers for Disease Control 800 342- AIDS National Teen Hotline 800 234-8336 American Red Cross Teen Hotline 800 440- TEEN National Spanish AIDS Hotline 800 344-7432 National Hearing Impaired AIDS Hotline TTY 800 243-7889 Project Inform Treatment Hotline 800 822-7422
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