Master's of Social Work Program

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Professional Statement

Master's of Social Worker program

Everyone is embedded with things that make them unique. As individuals we each bring something new, creative, and different to the table. In identifying my personal strengths and challenges as an advanced generalist social worker I feel I have the most experience with the attributes I've identified as my strengths. Personal challenges to me are areas where we would like to excel, but still need improvement. To do this, I use my strengths to work with and ultimately overcome my shortcomings.

Several of my areas of strength are centered around my profession in child protection and children's mental health. I feel my interpersonal communication skills are one of my best personal traits. Effective communication consists of being able to speak clearly and professionally, while being knowledgeable at the same time. Communication has become one of the key parts to my success in both my work life and in my personal life; as communication is key to my marriage and any relationship I build within a team and workplace. I accredit my ability to effectively communication verbally and in written form to being an attentive listener that is open to suggestions and feedback. I believe my written communication is a strong point for me because I am very detail oriented, at the same time I am aware of my need to be more precise and less detailed in some aspects.

A challenge for me is my more reserved demeanor. Although I provide input to others when asked, I often hesitate to express my opinion first. With awareness of this I push myself to be more assertive, take initiative and not question myself internally. On a daily basis in the field of child protection I am challenged with a multitude of situations that I must prioritize in order to move forward; this requires me to stay focused and put the child's safety first in order to determine what is in the best interest of the child. Through these experiences I have developed my ability to multitask in a timely manner, enabling me to be productive in a demanding atmosphere.

A personal strength of mine is my ability to be a well-organized individual. I tend to write down and prioritize tasks I need to complete and this helps me accomplish my work and meet important deadlines. To achieve success, one needs to be self motivated and determined to succeed. I believe my dedication, strong work ethic, and learning agility are strengths that will benefit me in successfully completing graduate school and will also help me thrive as an advanced generalist social worker.

When asked to reflect upon my qualities and characteristics that are consistent with the core values of the social work profession I thought of words that encompass me as a person and what I stand for. Reflecting back on my childhood, I always had a vivid imagination. I would imagine being a doctor or veterinarian and over the years I realized I was gifted in helping others. As a compassionate, caring, and honest person I have always been the one my peers have sought out for guidance. I am an empathetic listener, who shows sympathy to others in a respectful manner, being mindful of others' differences and refraining from casting judgment. I feel I have acquired my values through my family and life experiences.

Values underlie our work, how we interact with each other, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our goals. I feel my personal values were influenced by my parents in my childhood by their giving examples of helping others and the community and these values are consistent with the core values of the social work profession. Each of us have our own set of values and these are what determine which aspects of life we regard as important or beneficial. Our values help determine our way of life, our entertainment, our social, political, and religious interactions. Everyone holds many values and these values are liable to change...
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