The A’s of Social Work Collaboration
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Good assessment skills are crucial in determining the proper course of actio...
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The A's of Social Work Collaboration: The Advantages of Your Organization Partnering With Social Workers

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This handout explains several ways your organization, especially non-profits, churches, para-church, etc., can partner with social workers in order to better serve your clients. It is also a good tool to let aspiring social workers see the valuable roles they can play in collaborating with a variety of agencies.

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The A's of Social Work Collaboration: The Advantages of Your Organization Partnering With Social Workers

  1. 1. The A’s of Social Work Collaboration  Assess Good assessment skills are crucial in determining the proper course of action-misdiagnose a problem and there’s little hope for healing and the treatment can do more harm than good. Social workers can help with assessing complex situations, as in recognizing co-occurring disorders {i.e. is someone depressed and self-medicating with drugs/alcohol, which is creating situations that make them more depressed, thus requiring dual services simultaneously to address both the mental health and substance abuse issues} and distinguishing between various forms of the same issue {i.e. situational vs. generational poverty} which require different treatment.  Advocate Social workers can be a wealth or resources in knowing what services may be available in a client’s area, since most clients are experiencing a wide range of issues that must addressed with a wholistic approach. Social workers can also make great advocates in knowing the program requirements and helping clients to navigate them.  Assist Social Workers can help create plans of actions/case plans that assist organizations and individuals in knowing what next and ongoing steps need to be taken. Social Workers are often well informed of assistance programs, non-profit, church-based, and government alike, and can be a wealth of knowledge to both organizations and individuals.  Advise Social Workers are often called to advise their churches, friends, families, and their other spheres of influence in legal matters, available services, proper procedures, and organizational requirements such as mandatory reporting.  Access Social workers can provide access to people by sharing their influence, voice, power, contacts, and knowledge of systems to open doors for people who are otherwise overlooked. Social Workers also can help secure treatment/assistance for individuals by being familiar with the various access points for services {if an individual doesn’t qualify for a service based on their income, but does qualify because they are a veteran, then have them apply as a veteran. This is often referred as utilizing both the Front Door and Back Door} All Original Content created by Florentina Henry. Revised on 4/6/14

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