What Do Social Workers Do?
Social workers already know that the services they provide are valuable and beneficial towards the individual client, as well as the community as a whole. It would be a perfect world if employers, both in the public and private sectors, already understood the vast toolkit that the average social worker utilizes on a daily basis. For example, most employers may be unaware that social workers not only can affect change through an individual client, but can also affect change through the environment of that individual client. Employers may also be surprised to learn that social workers contain other skills and abilities such as:
- Advocating for individual clients or the community on identified problems.
- Serving as a broker by connecting individual with resources.
- Creating and maintaining professional helping relationships.
- Improving problem-solving, coping, and development capacities of all people.
- Engage and communicating with diverse populations and groups of all sizes.
- Having a knowledge and understanding of human relationships.
Unfortunately, the world we live in is not a perfect one. Employers in the public and private sector are not always fully aware of the benevolence that social workers can have on individuals, families, and communities. Many of our colleagues are overworked, underpaid, and under-appreciated. Yet the need for social workers continues to increase throughout the state. In fact, recent statistics from various state agencies throughout Texas suggest that thousands upon thousands of potential clients will need the services of a licensed social worker.