Social Work Career Analysis

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Social work practice is helping vulnerable populations make positive changes in their lives. I have always felt the most fulfilled helping others. When I began college, I decided to major in psychology with the intention of becoming a psychologist or psychiatrist. I wanted to work with individuals with mental illnesses or children. Following my first year of college, a marriage and family therapist informed me about the social work profession. He said that a social work degree was the most versatile of the “helping” professions and informed me that I could earn a Master’s degree in one year and become a therapist. I decided to investigate social work and enrolled in an introductory course. I learned that social workers believe that every person …show more content…

I have been fortunate to have a supervisor that was always available for me to ask questions, give feedback, and bounce ideas off of. My supervisor also taught me that I am capable of more than I believed and helped pushed me beyond what I thought was possible. She challenged me to step out of my comfort zone, and I now feel comfortable talking with individuals suffering from substance use, mental illnesses, and from various cultures. I have a great appreciation of the supervision and consultation I have received from my practicum supervisor. She was always available to answer questions, offer feedback, and has recognized my efforts.
I have spent a great deal of time using personal reflection during the BSW program. My perspective has widened on many issues. I have gained the ability to look at an issue from all aspects and perspectives. Interactions with students and courses in diversity and anthropology have expanded my knowledge of various cultures, religions, and …show more content…

Patients have asked for housing assistance, transportation, car seats, financial assistance for circumcision, employment resources, as well as various other things. There are car seats and bus or taxi vouchers available at the hospital, but social workers are asked to give those out only if there are no other options available. There are times when I would like to be able to give car seats to every low-income patient, but I know that the supply and funding is limited. All I can do is to provide patients with referrals to available resources and hope they will follow up

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