Sooner or later most people need help with problems that may be affecting their sense of well-being. Professional social workers draw from their own experiences, research, and the social sciences to provide the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to help people.
Those who seek a career in social work should be willing to commit themselves to a special way of life, as does any professional. The decisions social workers must make often have profound implications for the life and welfare of their clients. In any given case, they may be responsible for negotiating a course between needs and wants of a client, the organizational needs, and social responsibility of the agency by which they are employed, ethical and legal considerations, and economic and political realities. A professional is often defined as one who is expected to have a sense of autonomy, a belief in self-regulation, a commitment to service, and a conception of work as a calling rather than a job.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS (NASW) CODE OF ETHICS:
Professions have traditionally assumed the responsibility of regulating themselves, a philosophy that protects both the consumer of the service and the integrity of the profession. The social work profession, in keeping with this philosophy, [adheres] to an ethics code.
This code of ethics encourages social workers to value the following principles: confidentiality, empowering client systems, being accepting and non-judgmental, restraining from victim-blaming, and respecting differences including cultural, ethnic, racial, lifestyle, gender, and ability.
A complete set of the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics is available at the Social Work Office or on the NASW website.
The social work profession has a rich and proud heritage. There are few professions that offer the challenge and variety of opportunities to serve others. Career opportunities abound in:
· Nursing Homes
· Substance Abuse Programs
· Environmental Justice
· Developmental Disabilities Services
· Public Health Agencies
· Family Services Agencies
· Aging Services
· Domestic Violence Programs
· Criminal Justice Agencies
· Income Maintenance Programs
· Home Care Agencies
· Mental Health Services
· Vocational Rehabilitation Services
· Community Action Agencies
· Children and Youth Services
· Residential Treatment Programs
· Child and Adult Day Care Centers
· Homeless Shelters
· Schools (Elementary and Secondary)
· Legal Services Agencies