Growing up in the Chicagoland area, I witnessed many examples of people, agencies, and community groups working to improve our area and ensure all opportunities were at the hands of our community members. Witnessing such actions while navigating life and trying to determine a path for me to take left a mark on me and affected me in ways I never imagined. I had a desire to give back to communities and assist in similar ways like I saw while growing up to offer people opportunities that, otherwise, seemed improbable to them. Everyone deserves a chance at reaching their full potential and I developed a desire to be that beacon of hope. A particular group that guided me to choosing the path of social work is an agency known as Illinois Gear-Up. I began participating with this group while in middle school and continued to do so up until my senior year of high school. This organization works with students and equips them with the tools necessary to excel in college, by encouraging skills sets and even offering scholarships. Being a participant of this organization opened doors and offered experiences that otherwise may not have been accessible for myself and other classmates that participated. It wasn’t until later in my high school years that I recognized the importance of accessibility to such resources and how such things can affect the lives people choose to lead, especially during childhood. Without their leadership and program, an undergraduate career at a major university
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The social worker in this story had many different responsibilities and roles while working in the ER at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. His responsibilities include having to put the puzzle pieces together of who the victim is as they are being treated. This is often a taunting task because the staff is in a rush. The Social worker has to find clues like driver listens or anything else that will allow them to better understand who they are working with. Her responsibilities don't stop there. He was also responsible for working with the victims family to ensure that they were informed and comfortable.
Before beginning the Master of Social Work program at Laurier I figured I had a strong understanding of what social work was. However, I quickly learned that I had only scratched the surface. I knew oppression existed, but I never understood the depth of it. I now know that I was afraid of it. It was easy for me to stay silent, because it was such a comfortable position to be in. Doing nothing meant I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. This was influenced by the privilege I had.
Social work practice works with many people in different situations, needing concise help from professionals. This assistance includes a range of skills such as; identifying the problem or problems, apply and use evidence based practice and theories and critical reflection. All these skills are integral parts of best practice in social work, and are needed by all service users.
This was a very eye opening class for me. Coming from a mental health counselling background I have to admit it is a major difference in how social workers operate versus therapist. In this essay I will reflected on how this social work class has genuinely affected me, my strengths and weaknesses, and what I have taken away from this class. I always gain a great deal of satisfaction from helping others. I remember from middle school on through adulthood I was the go to person. If a person had an issue or needed to talk. I was the voice of reasoning. I was the one able to grab hold of certain resources if someone was in need
The class SW 6030 Human Development and the Social Environment has brought new insights and makes me see some topics in a different perspective. The critical reflection paper number one will integrate different concepts that I learned so far in this class.
According to Duffy (2016), there are two different types of social work practice when it comes to working alongside a disadvantaged population. The first kind, is used more often and is called conventional social work approach, which focuses its attention on undertaking assessment and ensuring that individuals are families are received the correct support through organised services and support. On the other hand, critical social work, the less utilized approach aims to challenge the inequalities and oppression in society, by targeting the societal structure via activism and research, in order to bring forth criticism and questions on discourses attached to particular marginalised groups. The author proposes that both social work practices are important, however, critical social work should be emphasized on more frequently, especially with groups such as the ageing population as it targets the stubborn discourses (Duffy, 2016). Mattsson broadens critical social work, by relating it to critical reflection. Critical theorists have proposed critical reflection as a method to understand how social work practices can uphold oppression due to seemingly everyday actions, words and attitudes. Therefore, this can have an implication on how social workers execute their practice, as ordinary and structural features of bureaucratic hierarchies may senselessly abide social workers to uphold and reproduce social oppression, even though they might be well-intentioned. Critical reflection
I started my placement with a very intensive and well organised induction. This involves reading and familiarising myself with the policies and procedure of the organisation after the learning agreement has been set out. Knowing the policy and procedure and how to apply it in practice is very important knowledge in social work. I referred to this policy when I was giving a service user a warning and when I was reading part of the license agreement for a young person moving into the hostel (PCF1). This enhances my knowledge on how to practice in this type of setting and how to keep myself, the young people and the visitor on the premises safe (PCF domain 7 and 8).
Today’s session was conducted by second year placement social work students and service users. The issue they covered was about the relevance of working in partnership within the social care profession.
On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at approximately 3:15pm, I interviewed Julia Dressler, a peer in my Social Work Interviewing class. The purpose of the interview was to become comfortable being recorded, increase my experience using the interviewing skills learned in class, and to be able to analyze my strengths and weaknesses, leading to a greater learning opportunity. Julia and I met in study room 308 in the George R. White Library at Concordia University in Portland. The study room was a quiet place and we had no interruptions.
Our client is a 6-year-old female who lives with her parents, siblings, and pets in a spacious home in Lansdowne, Pa. On our initial visit, we developed a rapport with our client by asking questions about her day at school and engaging her in conversations that were meaningful and specific to her. As she gave us a tour of her home upon our request and introduced us to her siblings and pets, we were able to ask questions about her daily routine to both further develop a rapport while also learning valuable information about her environment. We were also able to observe her occupational performance in a variety of tasks within her home. Her mother was an integral part of our experience as well and we were able to develop a rapport with her on the first visit through informal conversation. In addition to providing background information on her daughter, she asked us about ourselves and vice versa, and we were able to find common areas where we could allowed us to ask a lot of follow up questions to gain a deeper understanding of our client and her occupations.
Every worthwhile journey begins with one step. My social work journey began when I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in 2003. I thought my next step would be to immediately pursue a graduate degree. In my undergraduate career I had taken numerous classes from the College of Social and Behavioral Science and had done well in those classes. In my Social Work as a Profession course I had an assignment to shadow a social worker and write a paper about my experience. I chose to shadow my father-in-law, a social worker with over 30 years of experience, and in my paper I expressed my desire to go into the social work field. I knew I liked helping people. I knew I liked problem solving and critical thinking. I thought my 22 year-old self was ready to embark on that journey, but I wasn’t. I realize now that what I lacked at graduation was one crucial step… perspective. Over the past twelve years I have gained that much needed perspective and have taken many steps forward in my journey, and with those steps and that increased perspective, I now feel more fully prepared to begin my social work career.
In this reflection essay, I will demonstrate my learning experience in this counseling session. I will talk about my strength, weakness, verbal, nonverbal expression, including improvements needed to become more efficient in the social work profession. I will also speak about a learning tool called process recording in Social work profession. This process recording was done with the help, with my fantastic Daughter Kendra Shelton as the client and my incredible husband Michael McVay as Video Recorder /producer.
For this reflective journal, I have decided to draw parallels between approaches to social work that I have learned in my placement, and what I have learned during my academic career at Carleton University. Placement thus far, has been an eye-opening and rich experience, which has taught me about the profession that I aspire to be a part of. I am a third year student, and much of my time spent at Carleton, has been studying theories, and becoming exposed to different schools of thought. Theories are incredibly beneficial, to teach and inform the practice of the next generation of social workers. However, placement has provided me with the opportunity to apply theoretical ideals, to real life social work practice.
Understanding the context of Ms. Gilchrist’s life has allows me to make better connections with her and to see her as a human being. Thus, creating a better relationship between Ms. Gilchrist and I. As her social worker I can also explore strengths that Ms. Gilchrist has as a way of engaging and obtaining better rapport. Finn (2016) emphasizes “that each of the content areas of traditional assessments can be areas for exploring strengths as well. He offers the ROPES (resources, options, possibilities, exceptions and solutions) model as one tool for bringing strengths to bear (Finn, 2016, 277). As her social worker I can guide Ms. Gilchrist into identifying strengths that will help her re-engage with her children, motivate her to continue progressing and to increase her self-esteem. By doing strength base assessment individuals are learning their strengths and are not confined to the past and can be successful in the present (Finn, 2016).
Social Work’s core philosophy and values are centered around social justice and social well-being. Oppression, injustice, discrimination, and violence are antithetical to the social work profession. Social Work believes in strength-based approaches and the person-in-environment perspective to cater the needs and welfare of individuals, families, groups, communities, and society at large. Generally, the target populations for social work are vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed people; however, social workers provide services to people with a wide range of problems, such as poverty, addiction, mental illness, etc. to empower them to meet their own needs. Historically, the social work profession started its operation by providing neighborhood