Sunday, January 17, 2016

Social Workers: America's Heart & Soul

As the United States celebrates & honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, we here at Enky would like to honor Dr. King's outstanding legacy of civil service & compassion for his fellow man by focusing on some of the hard-working professionals who help to carry out his "dream" today: social workers. These amazing individuals dedicate their careers to helping others solve & cope with problems in their everyday lives. They can help with a wide variety of situations, from adoption of a child to dealing with a terminal illness diagnosis. Some social workers, known as clinical social workers, also diagnose & treat mental, behavioral, emotional, & substance abuse issues. Social workers are not limited in the communities that they help; children, people with disabilities, those with serious illness & addiction, as well as poor & downtrodden communities at large are all served by social workers.

Some social workers choose to work directly in the community to help individuals or families with their specific issues, while others work with groups, community organizations, & policymakers to develop or improve programs, services, policies, & overall conditions. This global focus is known as macro social work. Advocacy is also an important part of social work, as social workers often advocate or raise awareness on behalf of or with their clients & the social work profession on local, state, or national levels. There are many different specializations for social workers, largely depending on the segment of the population you would like to work with or the environment in which you would like to work. For example, some common types of social worker are School Social
Workers, Healthcare Social Workers, & Child/Family Social Workers. Becoming a social worker is a task that requires education in the field, usually either directly in social work or in a related field like sociology or psychology. Some social workers have a bachelor's degree in social work, while others pursue a master's degree or higher. These graduate degrees are necessary for licensing as a clinical social worker in all 50 states.

To learn more about social workers & the good they do for our communities, read through our fact-filled infographic below. Be sure to check back all week on our blog & social media pages, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram, to find more great social work content!
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