Social Work is a discipline that can be a very rewarding experience for both the worker and the client. The practice involves working with individuals, families, or groups who are struggling to cope with life`s challenges. The social worker must combine his or her personal qualities, creative abilities, and social concerns with the professional knowledge in order to help client’s social functioning or prevent social problems from developing (Bradford W. Sheafor, 2008, p. 34). Social work practice seeks to promote human well-being, while addressing the processes by which individuals and groups are marginalized or diminished in their capacity to participate as citizens (Ian O'Connor, 2006, p. 1).
There are many different perspectives and approaches reviewed by the practitioner to determine a suitable approach towards intervention. When determining the best fit for the client`s needs, the practitioner assesses the client in regards to the environment the client lives in or is associated with, family dynamics, and many others. The practitioner also relies on their own values and beliefs to help guide them with this decision (Micheson, 2011).
Your values are your driving force, meaning that it outlines what influences you and what qualities are important (Micheson, 2011). Values are a consistent preference that affects one’s decisions and actions based on that person’s deepest beliefs and commitments. Values are the fundamental beliefs about how things should be and what is right and worthwhile (Bradford W. Sheafor, 2008, pp. 36,39). Your beliefs are our assumptions, and supports how we view the world; shaping what we feel is true. These are important components to the process of practice framework because they are connected to how we behave and think; referring to our relationships, ability to trust, and intimacy (Micheson, 2011).
In addition, in order to have a healthy professional or non-professional relationship you build trust and confidence with each other. All client’s voluntary or involuntary are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity and to have their choices facilitated (Dean H. Hepworth, 2010, p. 27). A bond of trust must exist before people are willing to risk that difficult human experience of change (Bradford W. Sheafor, 2008, p. 35). Thus, the most fundamental tool of the trade is the use of a professional relationship to help people become open to the possibility of change and actively engaged in the change process (Bradford W. Sheafor, 2008, p. 35).
The two key elements in successful practice are the social workers ability to guide clients through the phases of the change process and assist clients in making decisions that will result in enhancement of their social functioning or the improvement of a social condition (Bradford W. Sheafor, 2008, p. 52). Social workers select and use specific techniques that have been individualized to the needs and situation of the client or client group being served, and the resources...