The International Federation of Social Workers (2013) defines Social Work as, "...a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.”
The Australian Association of Social Work (2013) states that, "The social work profession facilitates change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people."
I believe that both of these definitions are accurate. Social work is diverse. I work with individuals, families, groups and communities in a range of social and cultural contexts. As a social worker, I have incredible consideration for the client's past and current experiences, their beliefs systems and their environments. This means that each case is incredibly different, however I maintain focus on the same four things:
- the biological aspects of the individual
- the psychological aspects of the individual
- the social aspects of the individual
- the spiritual aspect of the individual
So how can I help?
Social Workers are able to work from individual (micro), familial/couple (macro) and social (mezzo) levels. We may be employed in advocacy, casework, counselling, community engagement, education and also in research. Common issues that I work with are:
- mental health
- hospital discharge planning
- health care planning (with client, doctor, and other health care professionals)
- emotional concerns
- behavioural concerns
- grief and loss
- skills deficits
- procrastination/goal setting
- social isolation
- life changes and challenges
- substance abuse
- child and family welfare concerns
- family/domestic violence
- eating disorders
- offending behaviour
- advanced care planning
This means that if any one of these issues or circumstances are affecting you and you are seeking help and guidance, I am here to help. Just click here, fill in the contact form and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Social Work is regulated by the Australian Association of Social Workers (ASSW). Social Workers have a Code of Ethics and also Practice Standards by which we are governed.