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RCASA Sunday with Case Management: March begins Social Work Month

In Sexual Assault Awareness on February 20, 2011 at 7:35 am

Thought after a very trying week, I would keep it light this Sunday.  Hope you all enjoy. 

I made a decision to return to school and get my graduate degree in Social Work in 2007.  I was blessed to receive my Masters Degree in Social Work in 2009.  It was a challenge….raising a family, driving north to DC and back throughout the week, reading, papers and more reading!   But it paid off.  I am a firm believer that Social Work is a profession.  It isn’t something everyone can do!  It takes foundation, passion, committment and dedication.  Many people do social work but that is different the profession of Social Work.  So I to prepare you all for the month of  Social Work by sharing some information with you.

The Social Work Month 2011 theme promotes the role of social worker as positive change agent.  There are 640,000 professional social workers in the United States who have dedicated their careers to either helping people transform their lives, or improving environments that make such progress possible.

  • Social Workers champion access, equality and fairness.
  • Social Workers improve the fabric of society by being advocates for people who need help addressing serious life challenges and exploring their options.
  • The Social Work profession was established more than 100 years ago to provide as many people as possible with the tools and support they need to overcome adversity (poverty, illness, addiction, abuse, discrimination, etc.) and reach their full potential.  
  • The Social Work profession also works to change systems and customs that limit the ability of vulnerable individuals and groups to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
  • The nation’s Schools of Social Work promote social work education as a way for socially conscious people to make a significant difference in the world through service and leadership.
  • Every day, Social Workers witness the best and worst of human nature.  A Social Worker’s success is often defined by the opportunities people enjoy thanks to their intervention.
  • Social Workers believe they have a responsibility to effect positive change for the future.  http://www.socialworkers.org/pressroom/swMonth/2011/default.asp

Social Workers change the very fabric of their environment.  We are trained to view the entire person.  It is critical to understand the person and how their social environment impacts them, in order to empower them.  Many people think that Social Workers only function is to manage Medicaid, Food Stamps and to take kids away.  While many Social Workers choose to work in that capacity, not all do.  Social Workers are in hospitals, non-profits, law offices, military installations, schools, police departments, Capitol Hill, CIA, FBI, Universities and many more places. 

So don’t forget to celebrate Social Work starting March 1, 2011!!!!  Have a great day!


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