5 Myths about Social Work

  1. You don’t need a social worker unless you’re down on your luck. Social workers deal with people from all kinds of backgrounds at all different levels of society. It doesn’t matter what your employment, educational or financial status is, you may find yourself in need of a social worker at some point. (Colleen, 2012)
  2. All social workers are baby snatchers. Social workers help provide a nurturing and safe environment for children and their families. When there is a reason to believe that a child is in need of protection, social workers are legally required to report their concerns to the proper authorities. Social workers practice in various different settings including mental health centers, schools, hospitals, corporations, courts, police departments, prisons, public and private agencies, and private practice, not just family service agencies. (Colleen, 2012)
  3. All you need to become a social worker is a big heart. Yes, most social workers are of good moral character and want to help people help themselves, but it’s not that easy.  Social workers are highly-trained professionals and can hold a degree at three different levels: bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral. Depending on the level of practice, social workers may have to pass clinical exams and have years of experience in the field. (John Vassello Powerpoint, Week One: What is Social Work?)
  4. You need to see a psychologist or psychiatrist for mental health services. Social workers are actually the largest group of practitioners providing psychotherapy and other kinds of mental health services. In many rural communities, social workers are the only mental health care providers. In fact, social work is designated as one of the four core mental health professions under federal legislation that established the National Institute of Mental Health. (Colleen, 2012)
  5. Most social workers work for the government. Social workers are employed in a  variety of settings from schools to clinics, but most social workers work in private organizations. About a third of all professional social workers work for the local, state and federal government combined. (Colleen, 2012)

 

Sources:

C. (2012, February 8). 15 Common Misconceptions About Social Work. Retrieved January 31, 2016, from http://www.onlinemswprograms.org/15-common-misconceptions-about-social-work.htmlJohn Vassello Powerpoint. Week 1 What Is Social Work?

 

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