Fourth, I am going to write about strengths and weaknesses in relation to social work practice and educational need. One of my strongest strengths as a social worker is patience. It helps me to persevere enthusiastically towards conquering goals and objectives when assisting my clients. Patience keeps alive the objective in mind to meet. Physical or psychological exhaustion only reaffirms the importance of patience. For that reason, it’s important to be patience with what we start out with the aim of clients’ benefit.
Students need to have advocates that care for their personal needs and the type of education they are receiving. School social workers provide the schools with resources to address personal and social problems the students is experiencing (NASW, 2006). The social worker can also create a dialogue among the schools, families, and the community to increase the chances of students been successful in the classrooms. Students will have the chance to have a person that can provide early interventions, group or individual counseling, and provide appropriate training programs.
Social workers play a crucial role in many professional realms. With the focus on social workers in educational settings, I interviewed Erika Bougdanos who is a Dean of Students at Niles North High School, located in north suburban Skokie, Illinois. Bougdanos has been working at Niles North for over ten years as a Dean and holds her MSW degree and Type 75 certification (Illinois Administrative Certificate). Bougdanos mentioned that although the high school is highly ethnically diverse, the majority of the student population is White. While Bougdanos interacts with many students throughout her work week, she mentioned that the students she primarily sees in her office are those from low-income or minority backgrounds.
School social workers can become change agents in their agencies, and assist schools in developing workshops so that school administrators and staff are trained and educated on the needs and educational challenges of undocumented students (Perez, 2010).
School social workers not only provide direct services to children who require basic needs or exhibit challenging behavior, but also lead prevention efforts that support children through building the capacity of family members, other school staff, and community agencies to improve student outcomes (NASW, 2012)
A school social worker has many different roles when working with immigrant children. One role that a social worker has is being an advocate for the need of after-school programs. School social workers also advocate for funding at a local, state, and federal levels. Another role is being an educator. School social workers can educate families of the benefits that after-school programs have. They can also educate the community members about specific immigrant populations. This way the community members can better understand more about the culture of the immigrant population in their community and became more culturally sensitive. School social workers can also educate policy makers on the importance of after-school programs. An additional role a social worker has in this setting is a broker, connecting
Social workers are responsible for helping those who suffer with such social problems. They explore options that will help the poor live adequately. For those who may need assistance, social workers have access to resources that can help financially. One of the available resources is emergency cash for security deposit, this is used to help individuals or families pay their security deposit for housing (Torrico, 2009). Not only will social workers help the clients with the pay of the housing deposits, they can also explore other housing options such as, low-income housing units, housing vouchers and other housing programs that may link to permanent housing. They’re to be familiar with the local housing grant programs and also ways to connect to community resources such as churches and schools. The connection social workers have with the community resources can be helpful for families that way children are kept in a safe and adequate environment (National Association of Social Workers,
I think kids have the ability even better than fashion designers to know when someone is poor. I worked really hard to not show anyone how much my family was struggling financially. Kids whose parents were on welfare often got mad fun of because of how they dressed. I remember being on free lunch at school and often bringing change extra so I could get slightly better food. My parents drove around one car that they shared and it was really beaten up. I used to be so embarrassed to ride in it. Everything they had were gifts or hand-me-downs from their parents. I did not need for everyone to tell me we were poor, I lived it and knew it.
The first two chapters in School Social Worker: A Direct Practice Guide, by JoAnn Jarolmen, overviews the history, the theoretical frameworks along with interventions used, and what a typical day can entail for school social workers. An important legislation, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990, assisted the social workers in establishing their place in the schools through the services they provided (p. 3). Overtime, the job focus of the school social workers became broader and encompassed the emotional and environmental influences of the students. Subsequently, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in 1955 recognized school social workers as a specialty (p 3). Generally, school social workers practice through
School social workers work within schools to provide a variety of social, emotional, and mental health services to students to support overall success. The intent of this research is to evaluate the significance of having a school social worker available to general education students within the Owatonna High School
The paradigms of social work practice are based on the ideologies of social and agency policies to advocate for change, and to make good decisions about people’s lives. “Social work is, by its nature and professional ethics, is concerned with the well-being of all members of society” (Segal, 2013, p. 2). Social policies are based on the principles of social justice, non-discrimination, improving people’s lives, and advocating for social change for improving individual lives to self-determination and self-efficacy. It is apparent that social change has been “influenced by war, economic crisis, demographic changes, and the international threat that affect public and professional sentiment concerning the systematic changes in developing community
“Where do you see yourself in ten years?” This is a question that comes up frequently in many different situations that life throws at us; job interviews, college applications, and just in general conversation. For a lot of high school seniors, this might be a difficult question, but I like to think that I have a pretty good idea. I started out volunteering as a girl scout at a very young age, and throughout my youth my passion for helping people has grown tremendously. Social work was always something I had considered, but I was also thinking about a few other career fields. It wasn’t until the summer before my senior year when I went on a mission trip and worked in a daycare on a reservation that I knew that this was my calling. In addition, this class has really shown me the expanse of options that come with social work. The one that has stood out to me the most would be child protection, or child, family, and school social work. A person’s childhood plays a huge part in how
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines social service as “an activity to promote social well-being; specifically: organized philanthropic assistance (as of the disabled or disadvantaged)” (Social Service). In addition, most social service agencies’ are categorized as a 501(c)(3), which suggests “that a particular nonprofit organization has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service (commonly known as the IRS) as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. ‘Charitable’ is broadly defined as being established for purposes that are religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering of national or international amateur sports, or prevention of cruelty to animals and children”(What does it mean..?). Shadow
Health issues, lack of family support, as well as poverty and feelings of inferiority lead to poor attendance in schools. They thought “visiting teachers” known as school social workers today should be assigned to address these issues in children to decrease the rates of poor attendance in our youth. In 1918 the compulsory attendance law was passed in each state. Compulsory school attendance refers to the minimum and maximum age required by each state in which a student must be enrolled in and attending some type of equivalent education program defined by the law.
An adult learner is built on a person’s life experiences, their openness to learning, being responsible for their actions, using all their tools to develop skills that will benefit them when exercised in the practicum setting of social work. An adults’ learning style comes from their environment, personal characteristics, and their cognitive development. Their knowledge is used when learning something new, by processing the information, then comprehend the information, and decipher the information into behavior. The advantage of experiential learning experiences that are perceived and reflected. The reflections are adapted then become new experiences. The benefit of social work practicum is that a social worker can observe the activities of