Social Workers And Social Work Essay

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Social Justice is one of the six core values of the social work profession as stated in the National Association of Social Work’s (NASW) Code of Ethics. In the NASW’s code of ethics, it states that:
“Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers’ social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people”. (National Association of Social Workers, 1999).
This important value of the social work profession seems to scare off and intimidate some practicing social work clinicians today. This value seems to be most used by a macro-level social workers, rather than all social workers in general. As a future master-level practicing social worker, it is important to witness and meet a social worker that is heavily involved in policy practice. The person that was interviewed is Dr. Nicole Ruggiano. The MSW student had Dr. Ruggiano as a previous professor in their undergraduate social work program at Florida International University (FIU). The interview that was conducted by this MSW student at Barry University, was meant to…

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