SOCIAL WORK | 10 Things Every New Social Worker Should Know!!!!

hi guys in this video I'm going to share with you 10 things every new social worker should know before starting to practice social work alright let's get right into it so the first thing I would say is you need to be aware of the basic services that clients tend to access in my experience of practicing social work there are certain services that are almost inevitable that your clients would be accessing currently or would have accessed in the past and those would be homeless services and financial aid services so if you're in Australia then that would be Centrelink and Department of Housing I'm not sure what the names are in other countries but you know just knowing you need to be aware of what the stem is like with housing and with financial aid because those are like things that your clients tend to present with a lot and you would have to do a lot of advocacy around those two systems so definitely encourage that you know as much as you can about those two services the second thing I would say is nothing is ever black and white it's really important to be aware of this I think in uni we're given that theoretical aspect of things and hence these can tend to seem like you know everything is just as it seems and however client is presenting with is whatever they're presenting with but you know I think it's important to realize that nothing is black and white you need to be able to bend the rules a little bit and try and put something where it wasn't before and try and change things around a little bit in order to make things work every client presentation is unique even though clients may be presenting with similar issues every client needs to be recognized at unique and things are not as black-and-white as they may appear on paper as their client might present to you so you always need to be a little bit critical thing current you need to be able to be willing to bend the rules a little bit every now and again in order to meet the needs of clients my third point is every new social worker needs to how to find work a lot of new social workers don't have the experience that most social work rules my ass for and therefore it's important to be aware of how to apply for jobs what kind of things you need to put on your resume and things like that in order to get a job so I'd definitely encourage you to check my previous video I'll link that in the description box and at the end of the video if you're interested very very important my next point will be it's important to recognize that you do hold a very powerful role and it's important to utilize that role wisely and ensure that there are not too much in balance between the power of you over the client you know social workers word goes a long way social workers in hospital for example they give the OK for clients to be discharged from the hospital because maybe they finished making them into services and things like that also social workers in my role when when client Tugg disclosed domestic violence and they haven't made any reports to any government organizations if I do a letter with my signature underneath saying that this client has this question must acknowledge she would be eligible for domestic violence services so that is a lot of power to hold and it's important to be aware of it just so you're not abusing it in any way without even recognizing my next point is listening goes a long way sometimes we feel the need to talk a little bit more of it it's really important to recognize the power being able to just listen and just be quiet just pay attention to whatever the client is saying that is a very important part of the communication process and the report building process and even a trust of the client starts to build with you so just recognize especially when you feel pressure to say something just know that just listening and just being there for the client it's usually really important and it usually does go a long way another important point is to try and remain non-judgmental regardless of the situation you'll be improved with sometimes we might have had experiences that might be similar to ones that clients are presenting with it's really important to recognize that the way you respond to a situation will be completely different to the way someone else response effect a class situation so try and stay clear of being judgmental because it can interfere in the support that you're able to provide to clients and I think you know we're all human sometimes some judgments might come up if they do the important thing is to be aware of them and to be able to debrief with your supervisor or whoever is available about it and that's the most important thing is just being aware that oh my god I was actually judging this client it's not it's not so much they're not judging at all because obviously being human that can be difficult to do and another reason why remaining non-judgmental is really important is sometimes we might have very strong opinions about how people should behave and how people shouldn't do certain things and people shouldn't say same things as people shouldn't treat people certain ways but a lot of the times when clients are presenting with certain issues it's not because they've made a choice to behavior said well all the time there's a little underlying issues that need to be looked at and that's why they may be presenting whatever they're presenting with and that's why it's very important to speak clear of judgment and that way you're able to assess and get in there and understand the nitty-gritty of what has actually been the background of the client and why they're presenting the way they are another point I'd like to make is the value and the importance of self care social work is a very draining difficult job self care needs to be a priority you need to have at least one thing that you do once a week that helps you be stressed and helps you clear your mind and even during the day whilst at work is very important to have regular breaks and things like that I do have videos talking about self-care as well which I will link in the description box below if you're interested one of our really really important point is to be aware that you can't fix everything you can't fix everyone and everything and that's okay it's really really important because most social workers do have values around wanting to help people and fighting to social justice and things like that it can be easy to become caught up in wanting to change a particular clients situation or wanting to fix a situation that they might be presenting with and it's always important to be aware of what your responsibilities are and staying within that and recognizing that it's okay if you're not able to fix setting things so long as you're supporting the client so they're able to manage on an ongoing basis that's the most important thing the last two points that I would like to touch on is self-awareness and personal development self-awareness is really really important if you're already you've already done uni may know a thing or two about reflective practice and it's really important to recognize what you're doing good at what you're not doing so good at what you need to be aware of what you might need to improve what you might need to work on things like that it's really really important to be able to be aware of the work that you do and be able to reflect actively and obviously when I spoke earlier about making judgments and things like that I said it's really important to be aware the judgments that you might be making about clients and you know being aware when you're getting burnt out and when you need to take a holiday being aware of when you're becoming overly involved in clients sometimes you know you can build relationships with clients or Zen clients you might have same connections with and you know because of that you want to bend over backwards support them so it's really really important to be aware of all of that in that way you're able to care for yourself and you're not overstretching yourself to support anyone but at the same time you are growing as a social worker so self-awareness is really important and that ties into my final point which is personal development technical development I've found really beneficial in my role as a social worker because I think in order for you to support anyone you need to be at a certain space yourself mentally and emotionally and physically and everything and I think technical development is the best way to cover all those aspects and that way you're in a good position to continue to support clients because how do you support someone when you're constantly struggling yourself and not to say that all social workers should have zero problems but they should be in a place where their problems are well managed or I leave they're aware of them and that way they can be able to provide the best support possible so obviously personal development can be done through books and videos and things like that podcast things like that so yeah those were my ten points that every social worker needs to know before they start practicing social work is there anything else that I missed out on adding is there anything that you guys are aware of that I forgot to share definitely leave it in the comment section below and please commence video a thumbs up if you found it beneficial and yes I guess I'll see you in my next video bye

26 thoughts on “SOCIAL WORK | 10 Things Every New Social Worker Should Know!!!!”

  1. Also, 1 tip I have is that social workers must work with other disciplines. For instance, I'm learning a lot that I have to work with nurses and physical therapists…

  2. Mam I completed my post graduation in social work but i don't know what should I learn.i didn't learn anything in my study. Please guide me…. I'm Indian

  3. Ama, your videos are helpful. You have another subscriber. Why are there so negativities about social workers? Iโ€™m in the process of training as one but having second thoughts. If I decide to train I want to be a successful one and one who has no regrets afterwards. Iโ€™m training as a nurse at the moment but quitting it this year for social work . I guess I need the reassurance that Iโ€™m making the right decision and your videos are helpful. Keep up the good work .

  4. Having worked in the homeless sector I definitely recommend having a basic knowledge of what services are out there ๐Ÿ™‚ it can be a challenge to navigate as a worker let alone as a client.

    I really value the points you have made Jasmine and concur with them.

    Sitting with silence (and listening) is such a useful skill ๐Ÿ™‚

    Question: do you have any tips on selfcare? I find that it is a bit of a difficult thing to pinpoint ๐Ÿค”

  5. This was a good video, it has some really really important info. Lol ๐Ÿ™‚
    No, seriously, I enjoyed it. Your videos are really helpful, keep them coming! Youโ€™re great!โค๏ธ

  6. How to lie…make things up as they go on…the list goes on….also the big one destroy Theย Family unit.

  7. I am so happy I came across your video, I already has a masterโ€™s degree in marketing but I was looking into doing a dual degree program where I would do my MSW along with my JD. Do you think the dual degree is worth it?

  8. Would you mind sharing your favorite personal development resources (books/podcasts etc) for social workers! I'm still in school but I'm curious to know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thank you so much for sharing! am starting my MSW program this fall and have been watching your videos to ensure that I wanted to pursue the career. I have learned alot and very grateful.


  10. Hi Jasmine, I've been eating your videos for a number of yrs and I find them very useful as I don't come across much social work channels on YouTube.
    Do you have a direct email where topics can be further discussed?

  11. Thanks for sharing. All are important. However, you forget to mention weekly meeting with the supervisor or director.

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