Social Work Reflection Paper

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A helping profession is one that nurtures the growth of or addresses the problems of a person's physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional or spiritual well-being. At this stage of my life Social Work is what I am most interested in practicing because it provides opportunities for me to work in many different settings with people whose problems, issues and needs are diverse. My second choice would then be guidance counseling which is the process of helping individuals discover and develop their educational, vocational, and psychological potentialities and thereby achieve an optimal level of personal happiness and social usefulness. I am interested in the helping profession because I have a strong desire to help others in difficult…show more content…
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary justice is ‘the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments.’ Oxford dictionary states it as ‘just behavior or treatment.’ Wikipedia says ‘The Western notion of justice is a concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion or equity. It is also the act of being just and/or fair.’ Whatever the various definitions of justice are, as a social worker my work should be aimed at providing justice for my clients whenever the situation arises. Being a personal value of mine, justice can both advance and hinder my work. It can advance my work because of the drive and belief I have in its execution. I will be motivated to go beyond the call of duty to ensure that justice is served and I will be empowered to stand up for what is right and fair. However, how far beyond the call of duty I go can hinder my work. If I let my personal views of justice get the better of me I can end up going too far in my intentions and make the case even worse than it was. My reaction to situations will play an important part in my work as a social worker. My feelings, thoughts and reaction to situations are what will allow/enable me to carry out my responsibilities

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