Masters of Social Work
Student: Rhya Abinsay
Professor: Jennifer Boddy
Word count: 2521 words
Books and knowledge have taught us theories that are useful in application of our practice. As a student, education prepares us to gain knowledge, which allows us to work with people in fields of practice. The lesson we learn from varied and challenging situation prepare us to be adept. Through reflective practice, I realized that the true lessons in life are only learnt through exposure and experience. I have learned that pain, suffering, sacrifice and life challenges can be difficult to understand unless we have witnessed and experienced it ourselves. There is a difference in practice of knowledge and intellectual knowledge …show more content…
This understanding while connecting theory and practical work means that workable solutions to problems can be found (Kolb, D.A., Rubin, I. and Osland, J.S. (1995).
As a Physiotherapist studying social work, I can see that the two professions have similar goals and values, which are a key, focus on improving the quality of life of individuals. The discipline differs in application, areas and spectrum of practice. My move toward Social work happened by chance. This happened when one of my patients in the rehabilitation center cannot attend her therapy session because she cannot afford the treatment sessions anymore this is due to her recent divorce. Knowing her current physical state she really needs to attend her therapy. I approached the head of rehabilitation and asked if we are able to wave the cost of her therapy and work on a payment plan. The rehabilitation head declined the request and directed me to refer her to the Public Health Social Worker. After contacting the Social Worker, I learned that they advocate on behalf of a client and how extensive their knowledge on what supports are available. The social worker