- 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
Military Social Work
Rural Social Work
Adoption & Foster Care
Child Welfare Services
Family Preservation Services
Homeless Family Assistance
Hospital Social Work
Hospice and Palliative Care
International Social Work
Advocacy, Consulting and Planning
Community Mental Health
Child Abuse & Neglect
School Alternative Programs
Difficulties in School
Senile Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Please visit HelpStartsHere.org for more information on how Social Workers help.
- 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.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
"...the support group came into my life - I do not know how I would be handling my life today without it." Birth Mother
For more information about this group or other related questions,
please contact Audrey R. Derevenko, LCSW at email@example.com or 205-943-5343.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
This training will examine lying, cheating, and stealing from a developmental perspective and why foster and adoptive children may be more susceptible to acting out in these ways. It will also provide ways parents and professionals can help reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of these types of behaviors.
Tuesday, April 23
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CST)
CEUs available for the following:
- Adoptive Parents
- Foster Parents
- Social Workers
Kathy I. Hummel, LCSW, PIP and certified sex therapist (AASECT) has over 35 years of clinical and administrative experience in the field of social work. She is the Regional Coordinator for the Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) Northern Region and Statewide Clinical Coordinator. Ms. Hummel’s areas of concentration are adolescence, child development, attachment, sexual abuse and perpetration, and sex addiction. Ms. Hummel has facilitated trainings nationally and has co-written a book on infant attachment. She has also helped to develop, reorganize, and implement several of the APAC trainings.
Monday, March 4, 2013
March is National Social Work Month, sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and this year’s theme, ”Social Work Matters” is meant to showcase the impact of more than 642,000 professional social workers in America. In honor of this important month, the “Social Work 101″ infographic, highlights the rapid growth projected for social work employment, the likely careers and employment settings where you’ll find social workers, and famous social workers who made a difference in our world.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Don't miss this great CAS resource event next week!
Wednesday, March 6
9:00am - 1:00pm
300 8th Avenue West
Birmingham, AL 35204
We will have resources on childcare, credit counseling, career training, healthcare and potential employers who will be sharing job opportunities for those in need!
For more information:
Patricia Johnson 205-943-5338
Rhonda Noble 205-943-5358
Posted by Children's Aid at 6:00 AM