Thursday, November 19, 2009

Video: What Is Social Work?

I have been receiving multiple queries about what is social work. I found this Youtube video which was created for a social welfare course at Boston University. I think they described the broad field of social work superbly. The video also has the "We Are the World" background music theme.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) also has an outreach website to educate and recruit students into the profession. It lists 50 biographies of social workers who are making a difference in a variety of backgrounds (clinican, therapist, consultant, executive director, professor, administrator, etc.).

Social workers engage in multiple roles:

  • Advocate
  • Educator
  • Broker
  • Activist
  • Negotiator
  • Group facilitator
  • Counselor
  • Researcher
  • Enabler
  • Initiator
  • Empowerer
  • Mediator

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