My Personal Values Essay

2231 Words Oct 31st, 2011 9 Pages
Stacey Wilson
October 14, 2011
Swrk 251
Social work value essay


My mother likes to tell the story of when I was four years old going to my reading circle. While I was waiting for my reading circle to start, I noticed a baby crying so I picked up toys and started shaking them and making the baby smile. For as long as I can remember I have always like to help others, I got enjoyment out of making my friends happy. Whenever one of my friends had a problem I was always there for them, to listen to them and give them support. This has translated to me always wanting to have a career in the helping profession. Originally, I had planned to be a psychologist. Since college, I have learned both about psychology and the social work profession, and
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A few months later, my manager asked if I was aware of my friend leaving. I told my manager that it was my friend personal business and that she would say something if she was planning on leaving.
I hold myself accountable for my own actions. When I make a mistake, or do something wrong I don’t make excuses for myself and always try and do the right thing or make amends. There have been times where I have made a mistake, or wronged somebody. I have always apologized for my actions and try to make amends. I also face the consequences of my own actions like someone being mad at me. If I am aware of someone who dislikes me I always try to remain professional, but also keep my distance to not add more fuel to the fire.
Next, I will talk about the principle of empowerment and how it relates to me wanting to become a social worker. My understanding of empowerment is that I empower people through showing them their strengths, giving them the needed resources, the motivation to succeed, and then give them the room to achieve their own personal goals. It is a true desire of mine to help people in need. However, I recognize that I cannot do the work for them. When my best friend got out of an abusive relationship, I made sure that I was there for her, and listened to her. I encouraged her to go out and hang out with friends…