March is National Social Work Month and Columbus Public Health is celebrating the crucial role social workers play in our mission to protect health and improve lives.
is National Social Work Month and Columbus Public Health is celebrating the crucial
role social workers play in our mission to protect health and improve lives.
workers have a rich history in public health, tirelessly advocating, educating,
and empowering families and individuals. They recognize what must be done to
address persistent social problems such as poverty, lack of education and
health care access, and discrimination based on gender, race, sexuality, or
income. Anyone, no matter their circumstance, may need the expertise of a
skilled social worker at some time in their lives.
Here are five facts from the National Association of Social Workers about who they are, what they do, and why they are so important to our community!
workers help individuals, families, and groups restore or enhance their
capacity for social functioning, and work to create societal conditions that
support communities in need.
- Professional Social Workers are
the nation's largest providers of mental health services. Social
workers provide more mental health services than psychologists,
psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses combined.
- What makes Social Work
different? Social Work focuses on the whole person
approach considering every aspect of a person’s life such as
relationships, history, neighborhoods, and policy. This is known as
the person- in- environment model. Social work utilizes a
strengths based perspective with a focus on social justice and human
rights. Social work helps clients be empowered through self-determination
and better understanding available choices.
- Social workers help people
overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges: poverty,
discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss,
unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness. They
help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to
cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life.
- Social Workers work together to
ensure the best outcomes for clients by maintaining collaborative
relationships with one another to discuss and review cases on a regular