9 Tools for Your Professional Social Worker Toolkit

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A Student Perspective on the 9 Tools

This article has a lot of good information that I will bring with me when I graduate and start my social work career. The ones that I will definitely be using my last school year will be professionalism, supervision, and self-care. I will be engaging in all of them, but I believe these are the most important ones this year. As I start my practicum this year, professionalism and supervision. Professionalism will help me when actually doing my field work and learning new things about the court system. Supervision will come into play when in field as well, as I will have a field supervisor that I hope to learn and gain lots of experience from. Learning how to do self-care and building a plan that works for me is going to be very important this year as I fill my plate with school and work. I have to remember to take care of myself and not get too stressed with work. This list will be helpful this year as I continue to learn more about the code of ethics and the social work profession and it is definitely something that I will keep with me throughout my career.

Samantha Harris more than 2 years ago

A social work students perspective on the 9 tools for your professional SW toolkit

I actually found this particular article very informative and helpful for my profession one day or even putting it into practice in my own job setting. I like how the article mentions the Code of Ethics in the very first part because I feel like it’s important as a social worker to uphold the Code of Ethics to demonstrate good practice and ethics when serving/interacting with clients. The article made a good point that an ethical decision should not be a rushed decision, but a process to ensure that there is no foul play or misconduct that could potentially harm a client. I refer back to one of the six core values of the Code of Ethics that relate to one of the tools mentioned in the article is competence. As a social worker or in any other profession it’s beneficial to increase or update your knowledge and skills for the reason of expanding your expertise to better serve the clients. I’ve recently listened to a podcast by Suze Orman, and one of her quotes that she states in the podcast multiple times is “put yourself first and help yourself first.” I thought this quote references the importance of self-care and how the article mentioned that self-care is essential for our lives and profession to avoid lack of attention to duties and professionalism.

DIana Alonso more than 2 years ago

A social work students perspective on the 9 Tools for your professional SW Tool Kit

As a senior social work student the importance of utilizing/ abiding by the NASW Code of Ethics, practicing self-care, presenting myself as a professional while in the field, and connecting with other professionals in the field has been preached to me. During my previous field placement I learned the importance of supervision and liability insurance- as an individual who is unlicensed and in my senior year (this was my first of two field placements), I didn't have enough experience to do anything without something that could cover me if needed! Without the supervision of my placement supervisor I would have made a lot more mistakes than I did and I wouldn't have learned a thing. As I grow in my career I will need less supervision but it will always be a part of my career as it is not only beneficial to my learning/ support, but my clients and my agencies as well. Not one agency has the same protocols and way of working with clients, therefore there will always be new protocols, rules, and ways of working; leading to trainings and supervisions outside of what you may be accustomed to- but there is always something new to be learned. As students out in the field we have to have liability insurance- I had assumed this was something you should have to practice once you're licensed, and would be provided by your place of employment but after reading this article I now know that I should have my own personal insurance just in case a situation arises similar to the one above. Societies and people are always evolving, as the world changes so will its needs. We provide services that meet those needs, therefore we will continue to learn new things, find new needs, address new problems, and discover new diseases, ideas, forms of beliefs, systems, etc. Reading this article was assigned to me as an alternative task from one of my professors, but from a students perspective it further identified some of these tools and provided reasonings that I was able to relate to from education, but also provided me with reasonings behind tools that I was not as familiar with.

Alexus Pollack more than 2 years ago

regarding the 9 Tools for your professional SW Tool Kit

I have just joined this important LinkedIn group for NASW members and saw this post from a few months back. I must say I am in total agreement with listing Code of Ethics first. It is often easy to let this slip the forefront of our minds when working in the field no matter what setting. I also noticed #8 regarding self care. This is very very important as we often take care of others in our profession prior to ourselves. I believe healthy social workers striving to maintain work/life balance is crucial to sustain a long term career of helping clients. I can place compassion fatigue on my list of past professional experiences and this is probably more common than we realize and not reported or voiced that often.Creating a better balance for ourselves can help as it has for my own career, and advocating for workplace changes is also needed to improve this opportunity for life balance. Thanks for listing these 9 tools.

Joyce Cohen more than 6 years ago

Respect for Social Workers

I understand that all these things are vital to leading a healthy and balanced professional life. However, what always alarms me is the lack of general knowledge about the social work profession from other disciplines. In many states except NY, California and CT, Social Work is not regarded as a profession and there are no minimum standards for Master's level practitioners in terms of work duties, professional growth and salary. It seems highly unjust that many social workers are paying over $50,000 for a Master's Degree and not even starting out at that rate. I'm also exhausted of having been in the healthcare field and denied promotions time and time again, for non-clinical positions because I'm somehow deemed less qualified than an RN. What are we doing to advance our profession just as Nurses have done with theirs? Yes, we help underprivileged people but does that mean we, ourselves, should barely be making 200% of the poverty rate? I anticipate we will both be losing a lot of Social Workers presently in the profession and have a deficiency of people entering the profession if we do not make some rapid changes. This would be a shame since the services are definitely much needed!

Melanie Stanchina more than 3 years ago

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