In honor of Social Work Month, we want to highlight the important roles social workers fill that impact our communities at large in a positive way.
Social workers are usually known for working in counseling, advocacy, and reporting which can range from direct counseling to individuals and families, advocating to community organizations on behalf of the community members, and even guiding clients through the legal system during court hearings.
A social worker is responsible for improving their clients’ lives by helping them discover and implement tools to manage stress or other obstacles they are navigating through at the time. There are social workers that work with children, families, adults, military personnel, schools, and those battling drug addiction and substance use disorder to name a few.
In short, social workers are modern day superheroes masked in medical scrubs or civilian clothing.
How Do Social Workers Impact Communities Specifically?
Community Social Workers
Community social workers identify the unmet needs in their communities. They assess community members in need of assistance and refer them to resources to help with issues they are facing. For example, if you are someone who is battling substance use disorder (struggling with addiction) or the loss of a loved one, a community social worker can meet with you and recommend rehab facilities, recovery meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous, or local therapists in the area for you to see. As an individual enduring loss or hardship, it can be overwhelming to try and find these resources for yourself, which is why working one-on-one with a social worker can take the burden off of you.
Child and Family Social Workers
Child and family social workers support children and their family members or guardians in many different ways. For example, if the child or parent is experiencing something like illness or needing assistance with specific parenting skills to meet the needs of the child, a social worker can provide support. A social worker can teach parents the best practices to offering their child with coping strategies for stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.
School Social Workers
A school social worker provides teachers, parents, and students with tools that can support them best in learning environments. With many factors affecting the mental health of students in 2022, such as a global pandemic, as well as the everyday struggles that come with being a young person today like dating, puberty, body image, and self-worth, social workers help inform teachers the best ways to serve the wellbeing of the students so they can be successful inside and outside the classroom.
Clinical Social Workers
Licensed clinical social workers provide counseling and therapy to those who struggle with a physical or mental health illness, addiction, or other trauma. Since clinical social workers hold the most advanced credentials, they can assess, diagnose, and treat clients, however they cannot prescribe medication. Only a psychiatrist, primary care physician, or physician’s assistant can prescribe medication.
Social workers can wear many different hats in our society and therefore are undoubtedly imperative to the health and wellbeing of their community. If you or someone close to you may benefit from meeting with a social worker, contact us today to find a provider near you.
Life can be challenging, but you don’t have to cope alone. Asking for help is a very brave action, and it be a life-lasting benefit. Let us help you along the way.