Personal Analysis Of The Seven Social Work Core Values

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To start I will talk about my top seven personal values; what they are, how I define them, and where they came from. In addition to my personal values I will discuss the Social Work Core Values and how they coincide with my values. Out of my values the first few derive from similar aspects, and these include Integrity, Excellence, and Respect. The first value of Integrity is easily defined as being honest and doing what is right, even when no one is looking. Excellence refers to being a lifelong learner, striving to do the best in everything and improving any aspects of life in relation to the learning. The next value of Respect not only includes respect for others it also refers to the respect for oneself. Respect for oneself is having …show more content…
When an individual shows kindness and concern for others this is the value of Caring. For as long as I can remember this value has always been with me; compared to others I had more of a concern for people than myself. This is the main reason why the professions of mental health and social work have such a high desire for me. These are my top seven personal values and a number of them follow hand in hand with the Social Work Core Values. The Social Work Core Values are a set of six ethical guidelines in which all those in the profession stride to follow. The six Social Work Core Values are as follows, Service, Dignity and human worth, Social Justice, importance of relationships, integrity, and competence. In essence, these six core values are self-explanatory, for instance the importance of relationships, dignity and human worth, and integrity, but some need more clarification. For example, service, social justice, and competence all need to be expanded on. The core value of service refers to putting the help of others over their own self-interests. Another main goal of social workers is social justice, which is to fight societies …show more content…
Lastly competence means to work within the area of which you have the efficiency and a plethora of knowledge, and in the areas you do not know, you gain more knowledge and expertise before working on it. Taking a look at the important values to the social work cores and myself, there are many similarities between the two. For example the given Integrity is both a personal value and a social work core value. The values of Excellence and Competence have similarities as well; in Competence there is an aspect of learning more in regards to what one does not know much about, and in Excellence an individual is a lifelong learner who’s goal is their improvement. Since personal values can change, there may be a time when a conflict arises between them and Social Work Core Values. During this time I would take an objective view on my values and the Social Worker Values. Looking at this objectively can help to determine whether or not there is a compromise or a middle ground between the conflicting values. If there is no compromise between the two it leads to what will be covered in the next section,

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