How do Social Workers Work Within Organizations, Communities, and Larger Systems? Here’s 8 Facts to Tell you How!-Carly Danowitz

  1. There are 3 levels of social work interventions; macro, mezzo, and micro. Macro includes social policy, community organizing, and administration. Group and family interventions fall under the mezzo category. Micro interventions are for individuals. (John Vassello, 2016, Week 2: Leadership)




  1. 5 Common themes in which social work leaders differ from leaders of other professions are commitment to the NASW code of ethics, a systemic perspective, a participatory leadership style, altruism, and concern about the public image of the profession. (Hutchinson & Rank, 2000, p. 493)




  1. A major element of social work leadership is proaction. Proaction includes motivating, organizing, directing, advocating, mobilizing, energizing, and mentoring. (John Vassello, 2016, Week 2: Leadership)




  1. The mission of a social worker is to enhance the image of the social work profession and to represent the members of the profession. (John Vassello, 2016, Week 2: Leadership).



  1. Macro practice social workers are agents of change who are committed to protecting those who are oppressed or vulnerable, advancing fairness for all, and ensuring equality of opportunity and outcome. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 60)




  1. Community practice social workers help people form groups in which address social problems that are negatively affecting the community. These social workers help people help themselves to build resources, develop social power, and develop political power. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 64-65)




  1. Skills that are imperative to have to become a social work leader are community development, interpersonal skills (communication), technological, political, risk taking, and cultural competence. (Hutchinson & Rank, 2000, p. 495-496)



  1. The upper management and executive staff at the executive level of administration social work are responsible for both external relationships and internal operations. The leadership positions available are the chief executive officer, president and vice president. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 62)





DiNitto, D., & McNeece, C. (2008). Social work: Issues and opportunities in a

challenging profession (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.

Rank, M., & Hutchison, W. (2000). An analysis of leadership within the social work

profession. Journal of Social Work Education, 36(3), 487-502.

Vassello, J. (2016). Week 2: Leadership





10 Things The Public Does Not Know About Social Workers!- Carly Danowitz

  1. The Social Work Field Relates to a Number of Various Professions


Social work is a “sister” profession to several other well-known professions such as psychology, nursing, public administration, psychiatry, and counseling. Many times, people in these professions work as a team with the social worker to better assist the client. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 10-14)





  1. There are 2 Organizations That Represent Social Workers


The National Association of Social Workers is the larger of the 2 organizations, which mainly is concerned about the eradication of racism, sexism, and poverty. The other is the Council on Social Work Education which works toward ensuring sufficient numbers of high-quality social work education programs. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 20-21)


  1. The Social Work Field Began With Many Well-Known People of Our Nation’s Past


Some of the first social workers includes Jane Addams, for her work on the Hull House, Maggie Walker, for her concern to help African American families save and invest money, and John Augustus, whose efforts developed our current system of probationary rehabilitation. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 5-8)






  1. A Master in Social Work and a Clinical Social Worker are Different


A master in social uses social work theories and methods to form a plan of actions based on the clients needs, whereas a clinical social worker does the same, but can also diagnosis mental, emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders. (New York State Education Department, 2010)


  1. Social Workers use Psychotherapy


Clinical social workers use this type of therapy to assist a client to modify their maladaptive attitudes and behaviors. (New York State Education Department, 2010)


  1. A Social Worker can Perform Many Different Jobs


A licensed social worker can work as a variety of different positions including a mental health case worker, policy advocate, child abuse case coordinator, as well as many other fields. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 1-4)


  1. Licensed Social Workers are not Very Diverse


86% of licensed social workers are while and non-Hispanic. In fact, licensed social workers are less racially diverse than the U.S. population! (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 24)






  1. There are Many Different Theories and Perspectives Social Workers Utilize

Some of the major models used my social workers are the strengths perspective, systems theory, problem-solving theory, and cognitive-behavioral theory. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 31-32)


  1. Some Social Workers Help Their Clients Using an Ecological Perspective


This type of method groups, individuals, and families interact with the larger social systems that surround them as well as with each other. This method focuses on social environment, transactions, and coping. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 34-37)


  1. Social Work was Conservative in the Past


This is the opposite of how social work is viewed now! The Great Depression, the New Deal specifically, pushed social workers and the nation toward a liberal approach, and away from the private approach it was taking before. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 8-10)



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challenging profession (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.

New York State Education Department. (2010) Education Law (Article 154,

Social Work). New york: Office of the Professions