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About Social Work

Do you want to help others? Do you like being a part of the community? If so, consider becoming a social worker.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) says that social work is “the professional activities of helping individuals, groups, or communities enhance their capacity for social functioning and creating societal conditions favorable to that goal.” An additional source of information that explains the profession of social work and what social workers can do is available at http://www.socialworkers.org/profession/factsheet.htm.

Social workers work with people within their economic and social situations and help them identify and manage the factors that have created the problems they face. Social workers value the importance of relationships and uphold high standards for personal and professional integrity.

Social workers also work to improve communities through their involvement with social service and advocacy agencies. They typically consult and counsel clients and arrange for services that can help them. Often they refer clients to specialists in services such a debt counseling, child or elder care, public assistance, or alcohol or drug rehabilitation.

However, one of the major focuses of a social worker’s job is in follow through. Social workers will follow up with  clients to ensure that services are helpful and that clients make proper use of the services offered.