Becoming a social worker is a truly admirable choice. These workers play a very important role in the health of America's social system. Unfortunately, these professionals are also notoriously underpaid, and that hurts both the perception of this industry as well as their clients.
Perhaps the best way to gain a better appreciation for the value that social workers bring is to take a look at the Code of Ethics published by the National Association of Social Workers:
The mission of the profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession's history, are the foundation of social work's unique purpose and perspective:
Social workers play a critical role in helping those that are in need. Generally, these roles fall into one of the following seven categories:
The responsibility for social work licensing rests with governing bodies at the state level. These laws will determine the process for granting licenses, the required recordkeeping, and the handling of complaints. Some states may have several levels of licensing.
To find out the specifics for a particular state, contact the state's licensing board. Prior to, and after, requesting material from the state board, start putting together an approach to meeting the state's requirements. For example:
There are two excellent online resources available to anyone looking for a job as a social worker:
Everyone needs the help of social workers. There is probably not a community in America that does not value their help. It is needed to deal with the stress that everyday living throws our way, and their help is needed in times of emergencies.
The American Red Cross also depends on licensed social workers when dealing with national emergencies such as hurricanes and flooding. The contributions to society are something to be proud of for anyone thinking about entering this profession and those already taking part in what has become such a critical role in America.
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