The Danger of Social Work
I don’t know if the general public realizes how dangerous social work is for the social worker.
In our role, we step between people in dispute, support disenfranchised persons, and champion the needs of those who cannot advocate for themselves. We strive to keep people safe from harm and seek to promote equity, acceptance and justice.
There are those who through their own misfortune, alternate views, infirmity or disordered thinking who take exceptions to our aid and intervention. In so doing the social worker is at risk of reprisal. That reprisal can take the form of character assassination, verbal and physical assault, professional complaints to licensing bodies, disparagement on Internet sites, threats of harm.
This is more than a job, it is often viewed as a calling and it certainly isn’t for the feint of heart, although having a heart can be considered a prerequisite for the role.
I hear form fellow social workers and other mental health professionals who by profession must wade into the issues of others to themselves be villianized for actually keeping someone safe.
Just know that when there is a child in need of protection, a woman who needs a place a safety, parents in dispute over the care of their children between them, a homeless person requiring shelter, a social worker is likely involved. As a group or individual, we rarely are recognized for our efforts although you will hear the disdain when someone takes exception to our involvement, but take a moment to consider, on the other side of that disdain, someone else just may be better off.
Social Workers are recognized annually in Ontario. This year Social work week is March 6- 12.
I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. Check out all my services and then call me if you need help with a personal issue, mental health concern, child behavior or relationship, divorce or separation issue. I am available in person and by Skype.
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Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas and Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.
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