March is Social Worker Month
The American social work profession has a history of 116-years committed to improving social conditions and quality of life opportunities for everyone. Social workers across the globe believe that all people have dignity and deserve respect.
NASW’s goal for Social Work Month 2014 is to educate the public about how these values are essential to improving relationships within families, making social support systems more effective, and building stronger communities.
The American social work profession was established in the late 19th century to ensure that immigrants and other vulnerable people gained tools and skills to escape economic and social poverty.
- The profession of social work (a) helps people in their personal and interpersonal lives in order to achieve social improvement, and (b) pursues social change to benefit a wide variety of individuals, families and communities.
- Social workers believe that everyone has the right and potential to lead a productive and fulfilling life. Social workers believe in the importance of human relationships in civil society, and that each person has dignity and worth.
- The NASW Code of Ethics prioritizes human well-being.
- The policies and programs created by social workers throughout U.S. history seek to give more people, regardless of life circumstances, the opportunity to cope with and overcome obstacles.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2012 there were approximately 140,000 social workers in the U.S. Many social workers are employed by hospitals, home health care services or skilled nursing facilities. They provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.
Information and Date from National Association of Social Workers.