Why I Desire to Pursue a Degree in Social Work

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Will students benefit with more social workers in school
ENGL 1133
Freshman Composition II

Submitted By:
Lola Ogunmakin
March 4, 2013

Ms. Dionne Sibley
Prairie View A&M University

Will students benefit with more social workers in school

What is a Social Worker? According to (Garrett, 2006) A social worker is a profession devoted to improving an individual’s ability to solve complex social problems in order to create a more human society, by way of explanation a social worker should be really have a passion to changing one’s life so they could have they could have the opportunity to make a difference in their environment. One of the keystones of social work practice is the focus on the strengths, as opposed to the shortcoming, of individuals, families and communities so that these can be deployed to find creative solutions for complex social problems. The building foundation of social work is to mainly focus on the positive strengths rather than the negatives when dealing with the environment. The profession is characterized by steadfast commitment to social justice in the service of empowering individuals, families, and communities to meet their needs. Social workers can be found in hospitals, governmental agencies, and schools (Garrett, 2013). Basically social workers are there to assist in needs whether it is for an individual, family, or the community. They are able to reach out and connect people with resources that they may not have access to. School social workers are more skilled at helping students and families become emotionally stable. They also have effective methods that are known to be very ethical, monitoring the results of their practice to make sure that their clients are getting the right services, and report the results (Garret, 2006). In other words they have a set guideline that they go by that is known to work effectively, to watch after the result of the practice to ensure that clients are receiving the service, and are able to share the results. In addition social workers have the right to specify programs used, determine how successful the client is, and calculate the cost of the social work practice and programs. Many students face problems on a daily that they cannot handle on their own and counselors are often far too overwhelmed to resolve students’ individual issue .That’s when a Social Worker comes in hand, they are well-equipped at helping students gain access to resources in school and in their community. With that being said more social workers should be placed into more public schools. More social workers are needed in School Districts to accommodate the students growing demands for social services. Research shows that there is roughly about 2,000-2,500 students in public schools (Williams, 2013). National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recommends that there should be 1 social worker for every 250 students, however many schools don’t meet those requirements. Some schools don’t even have social workers. Because the social workers are too tied up many of the students are being referred to guidance counselors and school psychologist. Schools are often faced with situations that consist of self-injurious or suicidal students. That is prevalent in many school districts, and students with emotional needs are not being acknowledged because there isn’t anybody to help them. These at risk students may possibly continue this behavior which could lead to them injuring their selves or another student. That is a major reason why school districts need more social workers in public schools to report these severe issues upfront. Historically, students today face more challenges than ever before. Today’s school administrators have to contend with gun violence, wide-spread drug use, and violent forms of bullying amongst students. Many home lives are filled with violence. Often kids learn how to behave violently to protect them from abuse, and unfortunately they bring that...
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