In chapter seven of “The Call to Social Work” by Lecroy, there are three different people who discussed how they became interested in the field of social work. Each individual has their own roles and responsibilities that they have deal with now. Pat Betard, Kathy Lorte, and Levonne Gaddy all have different stories but share many of the same roles and strengths when dealing with their clients. Pat Betard is a 51 year old woman, she is a recovering alcoholic that has been sober for the past 15 years. When she was 35 she went to Seattle University for the addiction studies program. While attending she was touched by a young woman she was dealing with because she reminded her of herself, she was an alcoholic and inches away from losing her home and her children. Later she became a substance abuse outreach counselor in a housing community and dealt with a wide range of different clients. She spent a good portion of her time going to crisis interventions and dealing with case management. A major strength of hers was gaining the trust of her clients quickly along with being persistent and patient when dealing with her substance abuse cliental. One important role she takes on is educating her coworkers and colleagues that do not know much and she gives them the tools they need to be successful when dealing with addiction. One of her clients was a young mother about 30 years old, with a 3 year old son. The two had been homeless almost their entire life and she helped them get their first apartment. The problem with this was that the mom was still addicted to heroin, the young mom forgot to sign up for help and transportation, so the little boy had no way to school and she had no transportation to her doctor appointments. Pat took it upon herself to offer them rides to school and appointments. She spent 20 hours in one week dealing with this woman and could never break through and get her to clean up her act. Pat Betard also runs 3 small groups for the community. The first is The Wise Woman’s Circle, which is for grandmothers raising their grandchildren because the parents are involved with alcohol or drugs. The second is The Codependency Group for Women and this is for single moms, domestic violence victims and recovering addicts. The third group she runs is The Coping with Change Group, and that group is for men and women that are recovering from any type of substance abuse. Kathy Lorte is a young woman that had a baby with downs syndrome, the child later got pneumonia and meningitis and later died a painful death. During this tragedy the family was assigned a bad social worker, this social worker didn’t talk to the family and did not explain everything that was going to happen and never had one encouraging word to say to the family. During this time Kathy told herself that she can do better than this and went on to become a social worker in the pediatric unit in a hospital. When mothers come in and their children pass away, she knows what it is like and how it feels. She took it upon herself to create a detailed packet about what grieving is, nice funeral homes, and information on how to plan their child’s funeral. Kathy also printed out readings and a list of support groups that the families can contact and ideas for memorials. She also would talk to the parents and encourage them to be able to hold the child before and while it dies. Her major role for being a pediatric social worker is to empower people to take care of themselves when dealing with these types of tragedies. She also puts a lot of effort into finding out what the families need and making sure they have a way to get what they need. The strength Kathy must have is staying strong and helping the parents get through losing their children. Kathy worked a cause of a 7 month old baby that needed a liver transplant. The parents were poor and had three other children to take care of, the mother needed help cooking, doing laundry, and helping with the sick baby. Kathy
information was on the referral I contacted BB’s current Health Visitor whereby I was subject to a litany of BB’s misdemeanours regarding her care of CA. Although the Health Visitor regarded BB’s care of CA as poor I noted that there had been no social work input requested from the Health Visitor and that the Health Visitor had quite a forceful personality. However, I took on board the information the Health Visitor provided with an objective mind.
BB is 19 years old and lives in a local authority…
For me personally, the visit gave me a much better and boarder idea about the roles that social workers play. Having spent 5 months as an intern at Boys’ Town Singapore, a residential home, my idea of a social worker is someone who plays “parent” to his or her client. At Boys’ Town, the social workers indeed does help to play the role of a parent to the boys’ under their charge. They are also the boys’ link to the outside world, helping to make appointments with the judicial courts, conveying any…
culture, race, religion or origin
d. Ethnocentrism - Orientation/set of beliefs that holds one's own culture, ethnic or racial
group is superior to others (the best, should exclude others, others are uncultured, etc…)
e. (Belief that)… the social/ political domination of one's group is natural, morally right
f. Race - "A common set of physical characteristics"
i. Not necessarily hold solidarity (White American, White Russian, Black American,
g. Racism - Stereotyping and generalizing…
I have been looking forward to starting my first Social Work placement since last year but somehow things were not organised as well as I thought, communication breakdown was a factor also. This resulted in me starting placement a day later than my peers.
Knowing I had started placement a day later than my peers made me feel rather anxious and unprepared. I felt as if I was missing out on something as I was posts over social networking about how enjoyable their days had been. I even felt that I needed…
Social Work Research
September 29, 2014
2. I think the personal involvement problems the social worker may face is the young women who had an abortion may not come forward and admit to having one. Others may be offended by the taking the survey. Interviewers who are culturally insensitive can offend minority respondents.
3b. In a situation such as this one appointed, I would have taken the same action. If a community organizer takes it upon…
This is a support group for women who are struggling to cope because of domestic violence. It is a closed group that will run for a certain amount of sessions before starting a new group. This group will consist of 4 to 12 women of any age, preferably with children, but can include any kind of circumstance. All ethnicities or religious affiliations are welcomed, in fact diversity is appreciated. We only ask that you come with an open mind and an open heart.
This group will conduct several support…
Racism in the South… does it still exist today?
We all know that South Carolina has history when it comes to how it’s treated African-Americans, but few are aware just how racist South Carolina’s history really is.
There are few places in America that have treated Native Americans as brutally. South Carolinians were the largest slave traders of Native Americans in the Americas. The peaceful Cherokee were either enslaved, driven out of the state, or murdered.
South Carolina became the wealthiest…
At this stage of my life Social Work is what I am most interested in practicing because it provides opportunities for me to work in many different settings with people whose problems, issues and needs are diverse. My second choice would then be guidance counseling which is the process of helping individuals discover and develop their educational, vocational, and psychological potentialities and thereby achieve an optimal level of personal happiness and social usefulness.
I am interested in…
Critical Analysis of Supervision
SW 5820: Social Welfare Organizational Management
Appalachian State University
Critical Analysis of Supervision
Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare (CVBH) is a private 501c3 non-profit organization established in 2005 (S. Learned, personal communication, September 11, 2014). CVBH serves individuals with mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and co-occurring mental health and substance use diagnoses. The agency mission statement…
In my country, Venezuela, in order to graduate from high school, we have to complete an amount of hours doing social work, in my case I’ve had to accomplish eighty hours. My school provided me a list of places where I could go to complete my community work. I decided from all the schools and organizations my school gave me to choose from, that I wanted to work on a school named “INVEDIN”.
This is a school for children who have disabilities such as Down syndrome, Autism, Asperger, and…