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Skills of the Social Work Professional
Presenter
Carolene Fraser
Jamaica W.I.
Introduction
social work is a practice-based profession and an
academic discipline that promotes social change
and develop...
SkillsSkills of the Social Workof the Social Work
ProfessionalProfessional
According to USC University of SouthernAccordin...
Empathy
Empathy is the ability to identify with or
vicariously experience another person’s
situation. Empathizing is both ...
Self-Awareness
Social workers routinely receive feedback on
their performance from clients, supervisors and
other sources,...
Boundary Setting
In addition to being empathetic, a social worker
must also maintain the capacity to set boundaries
and ac...
Active Listening
The ability to listen carefully, ask pertinent
questions and retain verbally transmitted
information is v...
Social Perceptiveness
In addition to receiving and processing verbal
information, a social worker must be sensitive to
bod...
Social perceptiveness Cont'd
many others will find it more challenging to
express themselves verbally, requiring a
percept...
Critical Thinking
How a social worker interprets data obtained not
only through observation, interviews, and case
file/doc...
Critical Thinking Cont'd
Critical thinking asks the social worker to consider
how his motivations, assumptions, expectatio...
Written And Verbal Communication
“If it isn’t documented, it never happened” is
one of the first lessons learned in almost...
Written And Verbal Communication
Cont'd
Verbal communication involves actively listening
to understand and speaking to be ...
Conclusion
The skills of the social work professional are endless
due to the diversity of our society.Social Worker are
ca...
The End
The End
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Skills of Social Workers

  1. 1. Skills of the Social Work Professional Presenter Carolene Fraser Jamaica W.I.
  2. 2. Introduction social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people often requiring a practitioner to wear many hats on any given day: adviser, therapist, caretaker, administrator, clinician and many others.
  3. 3. SkillsSkills of the Social Workof the Social Work ProfessionalProfessional According to USC University of SouthernAccording to USC University of Southern California Staff (2011) & Joshua John (2012)California Staff (2011) & Joshua John (2012)
  4. 4. Empathy Empathy is the ability to identify with or vicariously experience another person’s situation. Empathizing is both an intellectual and emotional process that makes it far easier to understand and help others solve their problems. Most social workers are empathetic by nature; in fact, empathy is a major reason people enter the profession.
  5. 5. Self-Awareness Social workers routinely receive feedback on their performance from clients, supervisors and other sources, but there is no substitute for self- awareness. Being able to evaluate one’s own performance and work toward improving it (while also taking valid criticism and praise into account) is an invaluable skill.
  6. 6. Boundary Setting In addition to being empathetic, a social worker must also maintain the capacity to set boundaries and accept the limits of what can be accomplished during a specified period of time. The nature of the profession can be all consuming, especially for those who sense their work is never truly complete. Establishing boundaries and setting milestones can help set expectations that are more easily accepted.
  7. 7. Active Listening The ability to listen carefully, ask pertinent questions and retain verbally transmitted information is vital to the counseling aspect of social work. It’s how we establish trust, open doors and discover valuable details about the individuals who seek our help in understanding their unique circumstances.
  8. 8. Social Perceptiveness In addition to receiving and processing verbal information, a social worker must be sensitive to body language, social cues, implications and cultural patterns of behavior. While some clients may clearly state their needs and work toward solutions in a focused manner,
  9. 9. Social perceptiveness Cont'd many others will find it more challenging to express themselves verbally, requiring a perceptive social worker to “read between the lines” in order to interpret the thoughts and feelings being held within.
  10. 10. Critical Thinking How a social worker interprets data obtained not only through observation, interviews, and case file/document review but also clinical supervision, research, and consultation influences the client’s assessment, diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, and termination.
  11. 11. Critical Thinking Cont'd Critical thinking asks the social worker to consider how his motivations, assumptions, expectations, and biases (self-awareness) shape the lens through which he analyzes and draws conclusions from the available data.
  12. 12. Written And Verbal Communication “If it isn’t documented, it never happened” is one of the first lessons learned in almost any social work employment, particularly if programs are accountable to public or private funders. Micro-level practitioners gain legitimacy with their supervisors and colleagues by writing clear and concise progress notes, correspondence, and reports.
  13. 13. Written And Verbal Communication Cont'd Verbal communication involves actively listening to understand and speaking to be understood by your audience. As a result, a social worker may alter her communication style multiple times during a single workday to maximize her effectiveness with clients, colleagues, supervisors, or community members.
  14. 14. Conclusion The skills of the social work professional are endless due to the diversity of our society.Social Worker are called to fulfilled many roles which see the Social Worker as a generalist practitioner trying to meet the need of all who seeks their help.
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