A window into the life of a social worker

The Call to Social Work, Second Edition is a presentation of narrative descriptions about the work and life of a wide variety of contemporary social workers. The book provides an in-depth understanding of why people choose social work, how they garner meaning from their work, and what they struggle with as they provide needed services. Additionally, it presents more information about the everyday practice of social work, both the challenges and the joys. Instructors who use this book in their courses will be able to contrast their ideals of practice with the realities captured in each life story, while students who read the book will be able to think about whether each story represents good practice, or what principles they would adhere to based on their understanding of social work.

Keeping the Vision Alive

Keeping the vision alive

These final stories inspire us to keep working on the issues that are important to us. The themes of empowerment, “starting where the client is,” developing relationships, and capitalizing on strengths are essential concepts for effective social work practice.

Questions to Consider While You Read

  • What does it mean for the social workers in this chapter to “keep the vision alive”?
  • Why is it important for social workers to place the client's interests above self-interest?
  • What are some of the “life lessons” that can be learned from these accounts?
  • Is a sincere passion to make a difference in the world by helping people necessary to become a good social worker?

Jane Jacobs Walton

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