Biggest Things You’ve Learned In Life
Professionalism is an important trait that has helped me adopt behaviors that do not disrepute social work profession. It will help manage personal and professional boundaries and constantly update professional development. Professionalism enhances conduction of organized discussions in teams, be accountable, reflect on the practice and consider future needs of workers (National association of social workers, 2013). Professionalism will enable me to check my behavior and not get influenced by nature of social work.
Professionalism skills create boundaries on what social workers should share with the clients. Example social workers should not share their personal life histories with their clients. Social workers should not be attracted into inappropriate contracts with their clients neither should they initiate illegal contracts. I have learnt that it is professionally wrong to engage into inappropriate relationships with clients. Professional social workers maintain their networks by understanding that nurses, physicians, accountants, executive directors, pastors among others are in their professional network (National association of social workers, 2013).Thus, they are expected to behave well and interact positively with them.
Professional social workers continue upgrading themselves by educating themselves, growing, and accessing more knowledge about their profession, populations as well as standards and laws affecting the practice. Professional Social workers are aware of ethics code and ethical responsibilities of social worker. Professional social workers apply social work values, principles and techniques to assist people get tangible services, counsel individuals, groups, and families. Professional social workers have knowledge on human behavior, development, social, cultural, and economic institutions and the interaction of the factors (National association of social workers, 2013).
Independence of social workers
As an aspiring independent social worker, I have learnt to be reliable, and flexible. Independent skills have taught me to make personal professional judgment on various issues and concerns. Moreover, I learnt that independent social workers have expert parenting capacity and good skills of assessing risks. They have specialized guard ship and connections with personal reports. Independent social workers are available throughout the week, conduct assessment such as domestic violence, multi-disciplinary, internal, forensic, and sexual offender risks (National association of social workers, 2013). As a result, they earn constant income from activities such as independent supervision of workers outside the statutory sector. I have specialized in training teams in joint working. Independent workers own their own business, where they manage invoices and become very responsible of their work.as a result, independent trait has taught me to be responsible in social work and in my personal life (National association of social workers, 2013). As an aspiring independent worker, I have realized that I must gain technology skills to promote my business. Technology skills will assist me to open a website and social media accounts such as face book account and twitter to advertise my business and grow it.
As an aspiring social worker, relationship trait has taught me types of relationships that social workers are not supposed to engage in. These include
Social workers are not supposed to engage in intimate contacts with their clients especially those involving sexual intimacy. They are not required to hug their clients, send personal notes give gifts to their clients and accept gifts from them (The policy, ethics and human rights committee, 2012).
I have learnt that social workers are not supposed to engage in business with their clients for personal gain. It is unethical because at times they may fight with their clients as they ask for their share of goods and services and earn a bad reputation over their actions (The policy, ethics and human rights committee, 2012).
Emotional and dependency issues
I have learnt that social workers are not required to share their personal lives with their clients, their emotional needs among others. Emotional needs arising from childhood experiences, marital experiences, aging, frustrations in their career, relationships issues are supposed to be personal and not to be shared with their clients. The reasons behind not sharing with their clients is that the judgment of social workers may be impaired leading to violations of boundaries and formation of dual and multiple relationships which are prohibited by ethical laws (The policy, ethics and human rights committee, 2012).
Most workers are dedicated to their work, are caring and principled but they do not realize situations that exploit clients. Altruistic inclinations trait has enabled me to avoid situations such as engaging in clients life-cycle events, giving them their telephone numbers and attending their emergent situations. I have learnt that it is wrong to give gifts to clients at their holiday time. The reasons are altruistic gestures are at times misinterpreted by clients and trigger boundary confusion. I have come to understand that dual and multiple relationships are unethical (The policy, ethics and human rights committee, 2012).
As a result, I have learnt to overcome the challenge of engaging in these relationships unknowingly by employing good judgment that is consistent with ethical standards. Moreover, I have learnt to distinguish between ethical and unethical relationships. It is important to respect the way we as social workers give gifts and reports to clients. Confidentiality is the greatest form of respect social workers can give to their clients (The policy, ethics and human rights committee, 2012).
Communication skills in social work can be tricky since workers can be influenced to be empathetic their situations. I have learnt that proper communication skills in social work demand that I respect other people expertise and views on their situations. It is my work to be honest with them on their concerns and views and be equipped to develop an agreement and understand the aim of the work. Proper communication skills have taught me not to expose private situations shared with clients, their embarrassments, and shame. I have come to realize that it is unethical to share client’s fears with other workers and people in the community (The policy, ethics, and human rights committee (2012). I have changed to being reliable and kind for clients to feel safe and cared for.
Good communication skills will help me wait for clients to fully express themselves and not interrupt them or offer more information to them. I have understood that all kinds of people including the disabled and children have a right to be heard and air their views without interruptions. It is important to give them enough time and us the best communication methods to help them heal from their stressing situations (The policy, ethics and human rights committee, 2012).
As an aspiring social worker, I have learnt to offer clear direction and vision as I listen and provide the team with support. I have learnt to stay focused aiming for the success of the clients condition as I serve them, setting guidelines and adjustable benchmarks to attain desired outcomes, and being confident on what I require from others to help build on my skills and expand my portfolio. In situations when am supposed to lead the team, I have to express good leadership skills by being an example. In addition, I should also remain a part of the team by remaining open and honest on matters that require being communicated to clients. I must foster collaboration when competition is ongoing. As a team member, I am supposed to look for everybody’s strengths and weaknesses to build an effective team that will work out challenges and fix them. As a leader, I have learnt to bring the team in the area of ‘yes we can’.
In conclusion, I have learnt that being an effective social worker requires listening carefully to other team members and collaborate with them. I should not expose private issues discussed with other clients to other members. I should be in a position to understand ethical and unethical relationships, and not express my emotions to clients. I should embrace professionalism in all walks of life because am surrounded by nurses, teachers who are part of my areas of professionalism.