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Since my childhood, I have been interested in the framework of a given society: Through history and sociology classes in high school, I gained a deeper interest in this aspect of sociology. When I entered The Evergreen State College, I also took psychology courses, learned more about the interaction of people in social groups around the world, as well as the inner conflicts that everyone of us encounters, and ways of dealing with them.
Later, at Seattle University, I decided to expand my interests beyond psychology and took a class called Social Work: An Introduction to the Ethics and History of Development.
I later came to think of this decision as a revolutionary step that turned my attention to what I now am determined to make a calling, and a profession, for a lifetime. Social work is diverse, since there are many groups of clients with their individual needs, issues, and hardships.
Sure, there are basics and principles that any social worker puts into the foundation of their work. However, through what I have already learned about social work, I also realize that as a practical discipline, social work is about the particular and specific experience of working with a certain group of clients.
For me, the branch of social work to which I would like to dedicate myself fully is working with the elderly. It may seem surprising, since some may think that the problems that elderly people are facing are rather typical and not so serious compared to what people living with AIDS, or children born with terminal diseases, or people facing cancer are going through.
However, I strongly disagree. Issues of the elderly may be typical, and somewhat universal, but it does not in any way lessen their importance, or give objective reasoning to discount their problems. Being an elderly person in the USA might not be as challenging as it is in Africa, or Kazakhstan, for example.
Yes, we do have decent quality medical services and social security programs. Nevertheless, people tend to underrate, or close their eyes to many issues that individuals face when getting older.
Elderly persons have to give up their job, which completely changes the lifestyle they have been used to for much of their lives. Feeling neglected, useless, and inactive in community life causes many elderly people to face depression after retirement—not forgetting the numerous health problems and psychological changes that everyone faces when getting old.
And of course, the financial side of the issue is always not to be neglected. Overall, I believe that the elderly deserve just as much attention in terms of social work practice as any other suppressed and discriminated group does.
I would love to work with the elderly as a social work specialist to implement and introduce innovative models and methods of social work with the elderly, based on the psychological and the sociological notions I studied at Seattle University, and plan to study more about, during a graduate program.
I have lots of ideas which I am determined to develop in relation to social work with the elderly. For example, I want to each elderly client that I work with to gain a sense of leadership, teaching them to become natural leaders. But most importantly, I have a strong desire to help people that deserve our attention, respect, and care, since they contributed so much to American society, and deserve to be appreciated.A social workers should act in the best interests of their clients, the service users, and engage in anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.
Published: Tue, 14 Aug Effect of Communication on Practitioners and Service Users. My interest in social work is to find ways to develop and improve the types of services available to the elderly in Japan at a systematic level.
I want to be involved in the organizing, managing, developing, shaping and planning of social policies related to the elderly. I believe the social work program at Boston University will allow me to do that. University Writing & Speaking Center. Writing Social Work Papers.
Social Work Papers Should • Address all parts of the prompt. • Be concise and clear.
Formatting • Writing in APA. o 12 pt, Times New Roman font o Double-spaced with 1” margins. Service user participation is an integral part of social work practice and stems from the concept of the empowerment of service users. Published: Tue, 14 Aug Community Development for .
Tips for a strong application to the MSW Program When you apply to our MSW program, please note that we look at a combination of factors to assess your potential as a student and social worker.
The confusion about the role of social work and the declining morale and self-confidence of social workers have resulted in the loss of experienced staff and reluctance of young people to consider a career in social work. This analysis inevitably challenges the present culture of professional training.