My Understanding Of The Social Work Profession

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“Social workers save just as many lives as doctors do.” Those are the words that a wise professor said at my sisters graduation at USC while she earned her MSW. Those words have been engraved in my mind because I firmly believe that social workers have the ability to not only change the world but save it as well. In addition, my understanding of the social work profession is that it is a service to humanity while assisting others and putting their needs before your own. It’s about social justice and making a difference in the underprivileged and vulnerable populations and dedicating your time to improve their lives and advocate for those who might not be able to do so for themselves. It’s about the worth of others, and understanding the value …show more content…
While working with them I had experienced diversity and social responsibility while advocating for individuals who suffered with communication and swallowing disorders. In addition, being a student part of the Communicative Disorders Program has prepared me to work with a diverse population. However, I am ready to enhance my work in different populations than my own in the social work field. Yes, I had at first thought I wanted to be a speech pathologist; that changed, however, very quickly, as soon as I started taking class from the Latino Studies department where I was awakened by my Race and Youth Criminalization course and started to learn more about social justice, racial minorities and undeserved populations. I then continued taking different courses that was grounded off my prior class, and the more I learned in those classes the more I felt the need to make a difference and restore hope in the communities. However, what really motivated me to enter the field of social work was my internship at the Young Women’s Freedom Center where I have had the opportunity to work with young women who have been involved in the juvenile justice system. Not only do I get the opportunity to work with …show more content…
For example, a lot of the women I mentor have trouble finding a job because they have been part of a population of the convicted or incarcerated people. So while trying to find work they are failed by employers who reject them because they have a record. Consequently, it makes it more difficult for these former “convicts” to change because if they are unable to find a job then they are unable to provide any source of income for housing, food or e.g., and they end up going back to their “old ways” because that’s their only way of survival. In addition, that leads me to the social problem that most concerns me and that is the Youth. It has been said that the children are the future of the world and I believe that every child no matter what circumstances has the potential to be great. However, if a child at home has a parent whose been incarcerated and is unable to maintain an adequate income how does that affect them? What about the children who live in single-parent household and feel oppressed by the system whose their to catch them? Some of these children are being overlooked or abandoned by society and then they grow up and some of them end up getting incarcerated and some of them end up the former “convict” unable to get a job because the system overlooked them. In addition, I believe that this social problem can be addressed with a MSW because when being part of the social

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