Personal Epistemology

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Personal Epistemology Paper

Yolonda Carney

September 10, 2012

SOCW-5304 Social Work Generalist Macro Practice

The University Texas Arlington

Prof. Jose Carbajal , LCSW

Personal Epistemology

What is Social work? In my opinion Social work is someone who seek to improve the quality of an individual or family life and well being.

What do Social workers do? The primary mission of Social Workers according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is to enhance human well- being and help meet the basic needs of all people with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty (NASW, 1999). In my opinion they are there to establish a rapport and enhance motivation. Social workers are there to assist people in their daily lives with coping with relationships, their problems with themselves, and family issues. There are many different kinds of social workers, but overall they are all there to help people deal with everyday life issues. Whether it be solving personal and family problems, working with families who are experiencing domestic conflict, conducting research, working in a hospital setting helping patients and families understand difficult health care choices, working as an administrator with social services with addressing child abuse, homelessness, and domestic violence, or being involved as a social policy advocacy.

What is Therapy? Therapy is something that increases awareness in a person to help them understand their thoughts and feeling in relation to problems they may be having. It also aims to provide corrective or serving to offset the negative effects and strategies and treatment to improve a person’s function or well being. This could involve the assessment of their needs, planning their goals, and reviewing their progress.

I definitely believe in therapy, simply because I have experienced issues in my own family. My son has HIV, and before I referred him to counseling-therapy, he was extremely depressed, not wanting to talk about what was bothering him, holding things in to the point to where he was suicidal, angry, withdrawn, and only talked about death and dying. It started to affect my immediate family. His sister and brother would become depressed with him and of course, I as a mother would cry every time I would see him. I hated seeing my son go through the pain and suffering he goes through. Although I was a person who always had and wanted to help people with issues and problems they were having, there was nothing I could do to help my son; until one day, l asked him would he be willing to see a therapist. At first he did not want or think that anyone would understand how he was feeling or could help him; but then, I kept pushing and asking him to please try it until he finally gave in. He has only been seeing a therapist for a short period of time, but I can already see some improvement in his behavior and attitude.

My basic assumptions about people are that there are some good, bad, and in between people in the world. But overall I believe that there are some good in all people. People make assumptions based on how a person looks, dress, and speak, what they drive, or where they live or how they are raised. People are effected by all of the above; which in turn determines if were good, bad or in between. I believe a person is the expert in their own life and others facilitate the process. People make the best choices for themselves at any given time, people operate out of their own internal map and not...
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