Freshman Development Seminar
November 19, 2007
Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. The social work profession is committed to reducing human suffering, enhancing quality of life, and confronting the causes of social unfairness. This commitment compels social workers to develop skills that promote change on various levels. Social workers are trained to provide direct services to individuals, families, groups, and communities. They learn to confront and change the forces that cause injustice, discrimination, and oppression.
Social work education trains students in the study of social structures and in the practice of techniques that promote individual, group, organizational, and community development and growth.
The requirements of a social worker is to be able to help people function the best way they can in their environment, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems. To become a social worker, you should be emotionally mature, objective, and sensitive to people and their problems. A social worker must be able to handle responsibilities, work independently, and maintain good working relationships with clients and coworkers. They are many different field of a social worker.
Some of them are social work planner and policymakers, who develop programs to address such issues as child abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, poverty, and violence. These workers research and analyze policies, programs, and regulations. They identify social problems and suggest lawmaking and other solutions. They may help raise funds or write grants to support these programs. Private practitioners must have at least a master‘s degree and a period of supervised work experience.
Many private practitioners split their time between working for an agency or hospital and working in their private practice. They...