INTERVIEW WITH SOCIAL WORKER 1
Interviewwith Social Worker
DianaDavis is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) working at TarrantCounty child advocacy center. This organization is devoted tosafeguarding and supporting healing of child abuse victims such as atrauma of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, child neglect andfatality among others. Having coordinated and organized inquirieswith the law enforcement, Child Protective Services (CPS), and theDistrict Attorney’s office enables the organization to realize thisnoble task. Equipped with a master’s degree in social work (MSW),Diana helps children (aged 5 to 17 years) to gain remarkable insightinto their emotional structure and find recuperation around pastordeals (Wilson et al, 2012).
Asone of the senior social workers in the institution, she conductsbrief meetings with other coworkers. The meetings are done beforeattending to children experiencing behavior problems resulting fromtrauma. These problems are managed under the parent-child interactiontherapy (PICT). More to this, she supervises the junior staff to givethem directions on how to attend to the sensitive and risky casesinvolving their clients (Wilson et al, 2012). She also imparts socialskills to learners at Texas Christian University (TCU).
Tomaintain professionalism in the assigned responsibilities, Dianadocuments her findings and verdicts within 24 hours. She does therecording in the occurrence book after seeing her clients. Affectedchildren are supposed to fill out standard forms. Answers to theseforms are based on their satisfaction with the quality of care andsupport services provided to them by the social worker. On a monthlybasis, she is supposed to generate reports from the occurrence bookand the client forms. This information enables her to track thenumber of children who have graduated from the center and those givenoff-site referrals. These reports are presented in a supervisionmeeting where minutes of program meetings are taken by the Secretaryto the lead human resource officer (Wilson et al, 2012).
Itis essential that all social worker personnel register and belicensed to practice their duties. Registration and licensing,requires one to attend a social worker class and graduate from arecognized education institution within the United States. Thelicensing commission does not acknowledge hands on experience whereone gains confidence from interactions with the clients (Wilson etal, 2012).
Dianaemphasizes that adhering to the code of ethics of a clinical socialworker is the most important skill one has to possess. Shearticulates that, one needs to listen and understand the clients needand respond to the queries with utmost tranquility. Each customer isdifferent therefore all social workers need to be people of higherintegrity(Wilsonet al, 2012).
Beinga social worker is demanding. This is because one has to deal withrevenge cases. Most parents seek to avenge on perpetrators withoutminding the risk of emotional distress on a child. Such cases arecomplicated especially when mom’s boyfriend sexually abused a childand the parent posted bail on the culprit. These circumstancesrequire the social worker to involve the parents for counseling. Thiscounsel helps the parents to protect the child from suffering aftergraduating from the center (Wilson et al, 2012).
Itis necessary for a social worker to have a vast knowledge of thepopulation she is serving since it helps her to use logic andcognitive ability to identify the potencies and feebleness ofalternative solutions to problems. Decisive actions should be takenafter considering the relative benefits of probable measures toselect the most appropriate for the wellbeing of the children.Therefore, having the college education is necessary, but one needsto have hands-on experience to work in competitive and demandingenvironments(Wilsonet al, 2012).
Efficacioussocial workers always need to start where the client is, that is,listen and understand client situation, this involves taking the timeto comprehend the points being made, asking proper queries and notinterrupting at inappropriate moments. Showing compassion and beingnonjudgmental will help the social worker to provide efficientservice to their clients. Victim assistance is the coreresponsibility of the social work. Victims often come with lowself-esteem and a feeling of not being worth due to their internalconflicts. Social workers are tasked to initiate a counseling processthat will rebuild their self-esteem and self-worth (Wilson et al,2012)
Itis sad to see children carrying the burden of what is being done tothem by their protective parents, guardians, relatives and society asa whole. Individuals and governments are losing a lot of money due tothese offensive actions being done unto the children. Judges andlegislators need to enact legislations that severely punish theperpetrators of child abuse, to curb this menace.
Wilson,C., & Powell, M. (2012). A guide to interviewing children: theEssential skills for counselors, police lawyers, and social workers.Routledge.