Personal Statement In Social Work

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From a young age to now I have seen, felt, and dealt with many things most people my age have yet to experience. I have seen my mother struggle with finding who she is by using drugs as a way to cope with the “pain.” I have felt the absence of my “family” when I needed them in the most troubling times in my life, and I have dealt with many traumatic experiences. Due to growing up in a single parent home for most of my life I have experienced and seen financial hardship and the burden it put on my mother daily. As a teenager I was sexually molested by a family member and physically abused by a boyfriend. Up until I went through those things I thought I was invincible. I thought things like “if that were to happen to me I would get out immediately” …show more content…
I want to be able to counsel women who have been battered, or are mothers who are going through substance abuse treatment. While in the introduction class to the social work program I had the opportunity to work in an agency specifically for women who are going through substance abuse treatment and have children. Watching each women struggle to succeed and struggle to keep their faith pushed me even more to be a social worker. A social worker wants to empower and motivate their client and I believe I would bring success into the social work program because of how much I want to succeed with helping others. I am a very outgoing and a driven person and those are strengths that are essential to a good social worker. There is no task too big or too small that I cannot work through and I plan on bringing that to my career because conflict solving, and good listening skills are also essential in social work. As I have grown up I have always been told of how much of a perfectionist I am and how hard I am on myself; although those qualities can limit my self-fulfillment it can also be a force and strength to the hard work I will bring into the social work …show more content…
As a social worker in order to be able to work with culturally diverse clients they must be culturally competent. Being culturally competent as a social worker is important because it helps social workers understand the differences in people dealing with their beliefs and ways of doing things. “Cultural competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system or agency or among professionals and enable the system, agency, or professionals to work effectively in cross-cultural situations” (NASW, 2000b, p. 61). It is important to understand the standards that are set by the NASW in order to achieve success in ones

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