Friday, March 29, 2013

Social Workers Make A Difference

  • Professional social workers assist individuals, groups, or communities to restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, while creating societal conditions favorable to their goals. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior, of social, economic and cultural institutions, and of the interaction of all these factors.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States.
  • Social workers are highly trained and experienced professionals. Only those who have earned social work degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral levels, and completed a minimum number of hours in supervised fieldwork, are “professional social workers.”
  • Social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges: poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness. They help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life.
  • Professional social workers are found in every facet of community life—in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, senior centers, elected office, private practices, prisons, military, corporations, and in numerous public and private agencies that serve individuals and families in need. They often specialize in one or more of the following practice areas:
    Mental Health Therapy
    Disaster Relief
    Military Social Work
    Rural Social Work
    Adoption & Foster Care
    Child Welfare Services
    Family Preservation Services
    Homeless Family Assistance
    Eating Disorders
    Hospital Social Work
    Crisis Intervention
    School Violence
    Hospice and Palliative Care
    Institutional Care
    Chronic Pain
    Outpatient Treatment
    Development Disabilities
    International Social Work
    Advocacy, Consulting and Planning
    Community Mental Health
    Employee Assistance
    Private Practice
    Veterans Services
    Child Abuse & Neglect
    Domestic Violence
    Political Development
    Parent Education
    Family Planning
    School Alternative Programs
    Difficulties in School
    Gerontology Services
    Community-Based Services
    In-Home Services
    Senile Dementia and Alzheimer’s
    Addictions Prevention/Treatment
    Criminal Justice
    Housing Assistance
    Public Welfare
    Employment Services
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  • Over 40% of all disaster mental health volunteers trained by the American Red Cross are professional social workers.
  • “There are over 170 social workers in national, state and local elected office, including two U.S. Senators and seven U.S. Representatives.