Applying social work skills in practice
Applying social work skills in practice

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Applying social work skills in practice

2.2 Becoming a social worker

Many people enter social work because their own experiences motivate them to want to help and support others. It is useful to be aware of this and to be careful not to assume that others experiencing similar situations will react in the same way as you. Personal experience can be a useful foundation for developing empathy and sensitivity so long as it is not used to impose solutions on others.

It is very easy for social workers to bring stereotypes to practice using their own experiences and what they have always considered the right way to do things. Part of the task of training for a qualification is to examine your own assumptions and to make assessments based on the knowledge and understanding gained from your training.

When you looked back at your own experiences of growing up, did you note anything that might influence your choice of social work as a career? What influences your perceptions and expectations of the people you work with or are in contact with?

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