Social Work as a Career

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According to the National Association of Social Workers website, Social Justice is the foundation of Social Work’s unique purpose and perspective representing one of its core values. (www.socialworkers.org) Embedded in social justice is economic justice and the two existing without one another is the fundamental attention Social Workers promote on behalf of clients surrounding environmental forces that create and contribute problems in living beginning the process of equal economic, political and social rights with opportunity. Social Workers open the door to those greatest in need conveying the message of person in their environment developing personal and social responsibilities using institutions as a tool. Institutions that provide wages from work; institutions for exchanging goods and services; along with those institutions that are void of economic gain such as schools, hospitals and detention centers increasing the need for experienced professionals. (www.socialworkers.org) Becoming a School Social Worker I can address what I view as an imbalance of social and economic justice in the school system. Like special education labels, inferior educational tools and resources, limited extracurricular activities, lack of empathy, and an environment where parents relinquish parental power to school administrators; resulting in students lacking self-motivation and parents lacking a support system on motivating their children who may be experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral problems that impede learning. I would like to develop a program that teach parents adaptation skills learning that parenting does not have to be one size fits all. There needs to be a paradigm shift in the roles and expectations of the school, the parent and the student to eradicate some of the social and economic justice inequities that exist. The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of social...
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