Meta log -Pretend you’re a social worker Social work is a profession and a vocation that gives meaning to both the client and the social worker. As I go on the journey I encountered that there will always be some predicaments on dealing with people from all levels. One of the most notable is that children are easier to work with than adults because adults already have their own frame of minds, as, set of values, etc.There are also much dynamics in handling different age ranges and situations. Social workers should be sensitive to the needs of those people ages 40 and above.
As well as a different handling for young adults who juggles work and studies, not to mention their personal dilemmas. In my case, I focused on the importance of education for everyone. Another observation I had is that there are some who prefer not to cooperate because they had some bad experience on other social workers. According to Shulman, there are four skills that you need to help clients more effectively, this includes clarifying worker’s purpose and role; reaching for client’s feedback; partializing the client’s concerns and supporting clients in taboo areas. These skills would help in gaining and possibly maintaining the trust of the clients. Take for example a teenager who is pregnant, the worker (which is me), should identify my role into coming into her realm. Worker should be able to understand how she feels about my presence, as well as taking part in helping the client solve the dilemma. There will also be taboo, but very important areas that the social worker needs to guide the client through.
For a situation of a pregnant teenager, an empathic communication is given much emphasis. Hepworth has given much importance with talking and listening to clients using your hearts but understanding their concerns objectively, which should be very vital in the situation. A teenager will have all the burden of being a mother but still needing to finish her education. At this point I would need to clarify on the role that I’ll be playing in our client-worker relationship.
I also need to be more sensitive in the feedback I would be receiving from clients, whether these are verbal or non-verbal. Most of the times, these cues will lead in solving the deeper causes of the problem. Thus, not only should worker sweat on the big problem as a whole, but should see the interdependence of the problem and set to solve it bit by bit, but still remember the line between empathy and professionalism.In some cases, a problem of one member is felt by all the members of the family. The family should also be considered as a client in most of the cases, whether a traditional family or that of a more atypical family. One of my aims should be to maintain or create a more harmonious life for the family (client).
This would include acceptance of the child and the mother in our example.In a group, however, there are more issues to consider. In facilitating a group one would need to consider the feelings and situation of each one (tough they have one central concern). And as a social worker, facilitating the group is one of my responsibilities. And this, I think, is one of the strengths I possess, being able to facilitate well enough that there may be souls saved, more knowledge gained, fresher perspective and more inspiration stored for all the members in the group. As we move on from groups to a community.
There are more considerations and more people (or organizations) involved. From individuals to these communities, the central point that I gathered is that ethics is important. Not only would this affect everyone, it also affects the level of professionalism of everyone. It ranges from consent given by your clients up their own trust given to the workers.