This is my last blog for the class and for My Social Worker Profile. I did a page on SOWK 201. This integrated all my learning and my final thoughts about the class. I will share this on Wednesday with my group. I will use my website to guide my presentation. The class has been successful. I learned a lot about who I am, and where I want to be. It has been a challenge, but a welcomed challenge. Thank you.
This week we learned about the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in the Social Work profession. The two values that spoke to me were “Respect for Inherent Dignity and Worth of Persons” and “Social Justice”. These values contribute to my Social Worker Profile. My family and my community taught me that each individual holds worth and that society must strive to end inequity and injustice. In striving to work with youth in the the LGBTQ2+ community, I acknowledge that uniqueness and diversity are what makes the world amazing. I also acknowledge the injustices that exist within their community. I want to work to overcome these injustices and make positive change.
The last couple weeks, I learned about the importance of relationship building, assessment, intervention and ending a worker-client relationship. Building a rapport with my clients in my creative writing group would be crucial to success. Youth want to feel heard and they need their emotions to be validated. Listening and reading emotions are just some of the skills a Social Worker would require in order to be successful in their field.
Last week I created an integrated post on individual, group and community work. Working in a group setting applies to my Social Worker profile. I would aim to empower the group through creative writing, discussion topics, and learning about diverse communities. The readings allowed me to educate myself around process groups and the importance of cohesion and a safe space to talk.
Expression of feelings is part of mental health. Sometimes words are hard to find when we are asked questions, but when we use our creativity, emotions can arise.