National Professional Social Work Month
March is National Professional Social Work Month! Social workers are trained to help with a wide range of situations and assist individuals in many different facets of their lives. There are three main types of social workers: macro social workers, direct- service social workers, and clinical social workers. Macro social workers generally work at the policy level, assisting with designing public policies and regulations at the federal, state, or local level. Macro social workers are usually the leaders of community agencies or non-profit outreach organizations. Direct- service social workers typically act as advocates for their patients in working with government agencies, securing community resources, or responding to crisis situations. Clinical social workers can diagnose and treat mental health/ behavioral disorders, as well as provide individual, family and group therapy. Both types of social workers are usually found in hospitals, nursing homes, community mental health agencies, private practices, state and local governments, schools, substance abuse clinics, and military bases. Since social workers cover such a wide variety of services, they frequently have large case loads and demanding schedules.
Social workers usually enter the profession because they want to help people improve their lives, and cope with the challenges they may be facing. Long work hours and huge case loads can make some aspects of social work extremely challenging. If you attend a school, hospital, nursing home, community agency, or mental health office, chances are you know a social worker! Be sure to take some time this month to thank a social worker for their hard work and dedication!