Social Worker Essay

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As I look back at my time spent at Newark Emergency Services for Families Inc (NESF), I have noticed that I have grown tremendously. I remember how the first couple weeks, I was very unsure of myself and would always second guess everything I did. From my body language, one could tell I was nervous and most of the workers asked me if I felt well every time they saw me. This was clearly evident when I performed my first few intakes. During my first few intakes, I was overly concerned about performing the intake process correctly, and making sure everything was done perfectly. I found out I rarely gave myself the time to realize that it takes time to become an expert in the intake process. During each intake, I felt I did not know much…show more content…
I believe all my emotions were valid because it was my first week. I still believe I need to not judge people if I want to be successful as a professional social worker. I need to make sure I treat people with same respect no matter whom they are or where it might be. As the weeks went by, I felt more confident in my abilities at my internship and not so nervous approaching clients. I also tended to smile a lot more and greeted the clients, who were waiting, with a good morning. After becoming an expert in the SAIF program, I noticed I was more aware of what people say and how they present themselves. For example, I am aware of how the tone in their voice can indicate how they might feel today. I began to see myself to be more open to new cultures, ways of life, etc. I was not as shy as I began this internship and people could see that more in my body language. I also noticed I was more relaxed and was able to listen more than talk or interrupt others. I noticed this helped me develop patience with myself and the clients. My conversations were very limited to clients and workers as I became more into my internship because I had to focus on getting my work done and giving enough attention towards it. Yet I was told by field director at the agency not to talk to people too much, and to mind my own business. This was very hard for me at first because I considered myself a very caring and

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