Identity In Social Work

Assess aspects of you Identity (i.e. cultural, values) and their implications for your development as a professional.
Becoming a social worker takes professionalism. Professionalism is defined as person qualified for a position. In social work you have to be qualified to help people (Competence: social workers practice within their area of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise) therefore you have to be a professional. Social Workers have to know that they are doing in order to do it. Many people go into to social work with a good foundation for becoming a professional. This good foundation was created by their own culture, values, norms, etc.… their identity. For each person this will look slightly different.
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This desire came from watching my mom always be the helping hand to our friends and family. I also learned in church that we are to help one another. Learning from both my mom and church I began to develop a desire to help others. The desire only became stronger as I got older. This was my identity. I was the helper. Part of developing as a professional social worker is to adhere to the Code of Ethics. One of the codes and the most important is Service (Social worker’s primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems). As a kid I wanted to help people so I had the service mindset already. This mindset of wanting to help people, a value I learned from my mother and from my church, has given me a start to becoming a professional in the helping …show more content…
I have learned so much during the last four weeks of my internship. I have only been there for a total 66.5 hours, but it feel like I have been there for a lot longer because every day I am learning something new. There are two very important things that I have learned during these last two weeks. The first being that I still have so much to learn and the second being that I know this is what I want to do with my life. No matter how much material I read, which I have read a lot, I am still learning something new every day. Whether that be by re-reading what I have read, reading new materials, shadowing the social workers, and talking with them and my supervisor I am in a constant state of learning. For instance I have been reading about how to identify child abuse. The terms that are used etc.… One of the words and definitions I have read about was bruise. Since this is the word that is used to describe abuse and its through many of the NRS codes and NIA policies I figured we are supposed to use the term bruise. However before I went on an initial investigation with the offending parent on a case the social worker I shadowed informed me that the term bruise should never be used because we are not trained medical professionals. He said that if you use bruise in the court of law the parent’s lawyers will fight that because social workers are not allowed

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