SWK 341 Lecture 1: Notes from 9:9

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HBSE 2 (9/9)
In Class:
Social Work Mission:
The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and
help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs
and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.
Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute
to, advice problems in living.
Addressing social ills and helping others is a primary goal of all social workers
Service is the value from which all other social work values stem.
Elevate the needs of others above their own personal interests and use their skills and
knowledge (from education and experience) to help people.
Social workers often volunteer their timein addition to their paid services with no
expectation for financial reward.
Social Justice:
Social workers advocate on behalf of the oppressed, the voiceless, and others who are
unable to advocate for themselves.
Often focus on issues such as poverty, homelessness. Discrimination, harassment, and
other forms of injustice.
Provide information, help, and other resources to people seeking equality, and they
educate people who may not directly experience discrimination about the struggles of the
less fortunate.
Dignity and Worth of the Person:
Every person is different, with different cultural and social values.
Social workers are mindful of those differences, treating each person with dignity and
respect and promoting their clients’ capacity and opportunity to address their own needs
and improve their personal situations.
Must be cognizant of their duties to both individual clients and to society as a whole, and
seek solutions for their clients that also support society’s broader interests.
Importance of Human Relationships:
Social workers connect people who need assistance with organizations and individuals
who can provide the appropriate help.
Recognize that facilitating human relationships can be useful vehicle for creating change,
and they excel at engaging potential partners who can create, maintain, and enhance the
well-being of families, neighborhoods, and whole communities.
In order to facilitate these relationships and improve others’ lives, social workers must
exhibit trustworthiness at all times.
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