Social workers are enormous contributors to the development and well-being of people and society. Social work encompasses a broad field of professionals with deep knowledge of theory, program evaluation, mental health, public policy, etc. Social workers provide direct service and oversight in areas that include assistance to individuals, families and communities in behavioral health settings, schools, hospitals, criminal justice and much more. As others have suggested, I recommend communicating with more social workers get an overall feel what we do; and the educational preparation to get into the career track that may be right for you.
In my experience, I found that I was acting as an advocate for someone who was not able to speak up or act for themselves-- to seek services or support, education, training or employment. Social workers of various types are often the bridge between where an individual is now with the difficulties or challenges they face and integrating with services, people, and opportunities which will allow them to have a better experience.
Kate recommends the following next steps:
as a social worker your role and responsibility is to support, promote and encourage an individual’s sense of identity, self-esteem and well-being.in order to promote an individual’s well-being, you should do your best to support them to ensure that they are happy and content with as many different aspects of their life as possible by ensuring that your own attitudes and behaviours are positive and supportive. This can include:
•listening and understanding
•being compassionate and empathetic
•not imposing your own views that may be very different from theirs
•assisting them with finding groups or activities they may wish to participate in
•helping them to make the changes to their lives that they want
Setting a good example in your own practice helps to contribute to a working environment and culture that promotes well-being.