I have built my Social Worker Profile with the Anti-Oppression theory. This theory recognizes that oppression exists in society. I would work with the individual, the group, or community with intervention skills that fight inequality and seek for social justice and social movements. If I were to work with LGBTQ2+ youth in group work, I would understand that they experience oppression, I would assist them in addressing these inequalities and I work alongside them for positive social change. This could be in the classroom, the school, the community, or politically driven change.
We learned about individual, group and community work in the Social Work field. My Social Work Profile focuses on creativity, education and group work. I believe group work is a great way for people to interact. Individuals can learn from one another and creativity is a means to communicate without typical back-and-forth dialogue. I would want to create a safe space, both physically and spiritually. I would make sure to check my biases, and would act as a moderator for the group.
Relationship building, Assessment, Intervention and Ending
This learning module was very interesting. Without a solid relationship, built on trust and equality, positive change will not happen. Equality would be crucial in working with LGBTQ2+ youth, as oppression exists in their community. I would never want an individual or the group to feel as if I was there to teach them, they would be there to learn from each others experiences. Listening is a communication skill in the Anti-Oppression perspective.
THE CASW Code of Ethics state two values as “Social Justice” and “Respect for the Inherent Dignity and Worth of Persons”. These two values spoke to me personally. Social Justice ties in with the Anti-Oppressive perspective. This value is close to my heart, as I believe in the pursuit of equality. Since I was a child, I would recognize how some people had more, whether it be more power or more money, and others had so little. It bothered me then, and it still does, but it gives me drive to work hard on my education, so I can make an impact. I would refer to this value if I were to become a Social Worker. Moreover, I would respect each individual that I encounter, making sure to treat them with dignity. If I were to do group work with creative writing, the subject matter would be intense and profound at times. I would be sure to value the unique perspectives.
Overview of my learning
I have grown during this course. In Sociology, it is more surface, you do not delve as deep. This course taught me about diversity, the human experience, history, oppression, feelings, and how to seek change. This was eye opening and I appreciate when I can be challenged. The readings and lectures were very informative. I enjoyed learning from Professor Ngo, I liked how he shared stories about himself. I respected how classmates were open about their experiences. All in all, I think it was a successful class. Thank you.
Canadian Association of Social Workers. (2005). 2005 CASW Code of Ethics. https://www.casw-acts.ca/files/documents/casw_code_of_ethics.pdf
Hick, S. & Stokes, J. (2017). Social Work in Canada (7th ed.). Toronto, ON: Thompson Education Publishing, Inc.