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Self-reflection on Social Work

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Social work is the field of practice concerned with activities designed to assist individuals, families, groups of people, and communities to improve their personal and group well-being. Social work practice focuses on helping people to acquire and develop skills as well as abilities to utilize their resources and knowledge to address problems. Besides individual problems, social work practices also concern with bigger social issues like unemployment, domestic violence, and poverty. Social workers undergo various specialty training touching on skill building on areas that strengthen and sharpen their abilities to deal with social matters. This professional group work in schools, hospitals, and companies among other places of a public corporation.

Since social workers deal with people having innate dignity, integrity, and constitutional protection, training on ethical standards has been of great value. Ethics is the moral philosophy defining and differentiating between right and wrong actions or behaviors. Social workers have to abide by high standard moral conducts. One ethical item that social work educators teach to students is respect for humanity. Social workers have the responsibility of respecting human dignity and integrity. The students in the field have to learn the essence of recognizing and defending the dignity and integrity of people they handle.

Regarding dignity, social workers have to understand that individuals have the right to choice. In that line, social workers should not force things on the clients. They have to ensure proper consultation and information of customers about options favored as capable of tackling particular situations. Concerning integrity, social workers have to show faithfulness and honesty when dealing with clients. The workers should not deceive or engage in practices that can diminish the integrity of customers. Social workers have to observe confidentiality and privacy issues concerning the clients handled. Seeking permission from individual customers or groups is the standard for sharing confidential information with third parties. As a social workers student, I understand that showing respect to customers is the epicenter of practicing in the field. Respecting the integrity and dignity of customers defines the basis of practice and interaction with people. In many cases, showing respect to the customers enable the clients to reciprocate the same.

Discrimination is another ethical issue that social work students have to learn before certification and accreditation. There are many forms of discrimination known and taught to students. Some forms of discrimination can be hard to recognize. Common forms of discrimination include racism, gender, and familial status, economic, physical ability, and cultural. Racism is the discrimination extended because of the differences in skin color. This form of discrimination has a long history, and the world continues to fight. Social workers have the responsibility of treating each person equally and equitably without sensitivity to the color of their bodies.

Gender discrimination concerns with unfair treatment of individuals because of being males or females. Social workers have the challenge of appreciating and acknowledging people’s genders. Since people of different genders may have different needs, social workers have the role of identifying the particular needs and making relevant referrals. For instance, a male employee should detect elements of discomfort when working with female clients and call for a female worker. The fact that a female client is uncomfortable with a male attendant should not be the ground for neglecting and ignoring a particular customer.

Economic discrimination involves unfair treatment of people because of financial endowments or statuses. People have different economic backgrounds. Social workers must understand that the differences exist in societies and that the differences should not define the reason for unequal treatments. Social workers only have to concentrate on the unique needs of different people and work towards addressing the particular needs. The workers have to follow standard criteria for serving clients and avoid favors to either the rich or the poor.

Cultural discrimination attributes to unequal treatment of people because of the differences in the languages, dressing styles, and other custom practices. Social workers have to understand that their work is to help in addressing problems faced by clients and not fixing cultural disagreements. In the case that a particular problem is due to cultural issues, social workers have to prioritize resolution of the given problems. If a resolution has to fault certain cultural issues, then social workers have to apply intelligence in a manner that the client may not conceive the process as culture critical.

Dealing with discrimination demands knowledge of diversity. Training on diversity encourages students to appreciate, acknowledge, and tolerate the differences that define humanity. Under the knowledge of diversity, students learn that people cannot be equal. Handling diversity issues in an efficient manner requires a high level of critical thinking. There are no particular solutions to all problems that social work practitioners may encounter. The training standards only acquaint learners with basic knowledge that can be applied in the field. Active practice relies on a high level of critical thinking that can encourage the imagination of situations and formulation of solutions. Critical thinking is crucial in brainstorming solutions that may be effective in different circumstances.

The fundamental step to learning about diversity begins with understanding things such as self-awareness, self-discipline, and self-reliance. Practical training of diversity requires that individuals have proper levels of self-awareness. As a student of social work, I have the necessary techniques and training to help in understanding the importance of diversity in overcoming challenges faced by clients. I have the right levels of self-awareness, self-discipline, and self-reliance that guarantee me success in the field.   I use self-understanding to consult rather than dictate clients and colleagues on various issues that affect them.

Despite exhibiting all the skills discussed, I have certain areas that I need to address to enhance the ability to work efficiently. Social work demands a lot of knowledge in psychology. I need to undergo further training in psychological theories of counseling. I have realized that social work involves more of counseling because the work of the practitioners is to assist in finding solutions to problems faced by the clients. In a bid to gain deeper psychological knowledge, I will register for part-time counseling course after graduation.  In some cases, social work requires that the practitioner mobilizes resources and find networks to help in further recovery. I need training about techniques to establish good networks that can help spur the recovery rate of clients. I also need to gain training on strategies to mobilize resources from various sources to help in supporting clients. Besides the training in counseling psychology, I will engage with experienced and successful social workers to show the way in addressing the issues of resource mobilization and networking.

Having received training in the course, I have realized that social workers need to have direct connection or means with which they can engage government to help some clients. Transformation of some customers may be beneficial to the state. In that line, social workers need to have direct ways of engaging governments to request for support when necessary. Since I understand the essence of governmental support, I plan to join lobby groups for social workers and present the need to ask for national support. In fact, I will advocate that all social workers be employees of the government with the right to engage with private entities when necessary and in the interest of clients.