Analysis Of The Social Work Profession

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“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own” (Nguyen, 2012). This iconic quote from Benjamin Disraeli represents exactly what social workers work towards on a daily basis. Social work can be one of the most rewarding professions in which an individual can truly make a difference in a person’s life. Most individuals who work in the social work profession don’t choose the field for the money, but for the opportunity to make a difference. Along with the rewards, the social work profession can also bring an extreme amount of stress and can be a very demanding line of work. The combination of the expense and time that goes towards earning a degree, the amount of time spent in the office …show more content…
Most social work entry-level positions generally require a Bachelor’s degree (Bureau of Labor Statistics). During these 4-year degree programs students spend a great amount of time equipping themselves with the tools and skills necessary in problem solving, interviewing, and case management (Study, “How Do I Become a Social Worker”). In the state of New Mexico, in order to be a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker the individual needs to earn a bachelor’s degree from a CSWE- accredited university and pass the bachelor’s level examination and jurisprudence examination (Social Work License Map). There is a $75 application fee and a $230 ASWB examination fee that must be paid in advance (Social Work License Map). This is just the process for obtaining a degree at the Bachelors level. There are many positions’ such as clinical and school social work that require the minimum of a master’s degree (Bureau of Labor Statistics). A Masters of Social Work generally takes about two years of intense full time instruction and many hours spend in field work. The licensure process for a master’s degree in the state of New Mexico is identical to the process of a bachelor’s degree. The individual must earn their master’s degree form an accredited university and pass the masters level examination (Social …show more content…
Amongst human service professions, social work involves perhaps the most emotional labor. They experience traumatic events, domestic violence situations, and abuse on a daily. Social workers are often placed in very tough challenging situations. These situations range from having to remove a child from an abusive home, having to detain someone to a hospital for both their own safety and of others, or having to tell someone they don 't qualify for something they desperately need. Social workers signed up for this line of work but one can only imagine the long lasting effects that are left on the individual. Social workers are human and are not immune to emotional trauma. In a recent study conducted by community care on a survey of over 1000 social workers they found that 96% felt moderately or extremely stressed (Webber, “Stress in Social Work”). In an additional study conducted by Brian Bride, an assistant professor at the University Of Georgia: School Of Social Work, he found that out of 300 practicing social workers 15% of them met the diagnostic criteria for PTSD (Nauert, “Social Workers at Risk for PTSD”). People enter the social work profession because they want to make a difference, but the combination of secondary traumatic stress and low pay has the potential to have long lasting effects on the individual both mentally and physically and it can

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