Personal Reflection On The Social Work Profession

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My paper is a personal reflection on my understanding of the social work profession, as I get ready for my field placement. I will reflect on my evolving sense of professional identity, and will discuss my growth in terms of self-awareness. I will further deliberate about my knowledge of the Social Work profession. My current understanding of the profession, and activities, tasks and roles that I may undertake in a placement situation The Social Work profession in Ontario is a complete, accredited program that is acknowledged by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). The profession is oriented to social justice, and social workers try to bring about change through real change and transformation. Social Work is geared towards achieving optimal psychosocial function (Maclean, 2009) for the client, through a holistic approach that utilises professional knowledge, values and skills. The scope of practice for Registered Social Workers includes assessment, diagnoses, treatment and evaluation of individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities (CASW Code of Ethics, 2008). Activities, tasks and roles that I may undertake in my field placement, are those based on the theory that I have learnt in my academic program. I hope to transfer the theory into real-life practice. The NOC code for Social Workers, as presented by Maclean (2009), lists about twenty roles delegated to the profession. I anticipate that under supervision, I

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