INTERVIEW WITH A SOCIAL WORKER
WEEK6 6002 DISCUSSION
INTERVIEW WITH A SOCIAL WORKER
Thinking back to your social work inspiration in Week 1, consider whether your perspective has changed, your goals have expanded, or you have affirmed your reason for beginning this journey. Now, reflect on what you learned as you interviewed a social worker in the field for this Assignment. How could you apply what you learned in your coursework to the field of practice you learned more about in person through the interview?
Does the combination of your inspiration, your learning, and your experience with a social worker in practice help you visualize your future as a social worker?
For this Discussion, you interview a social worker and learn about their role in their current organization, as well as their social work career path. You create a professional PowerPoint presentation to share the information you learned from the interview and in reflecting on this experience.
Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.
Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.
• Read the requirements of the presentation listed below, and with those in mind, review your notes from your interview and any other information you gathered. Organize the learning from your notes based on the requirements below.
• Tip: Don’t just paste an essay into your slides. Follow the best practices for creating a PowerPoint presentation. Use the Notes section in PowerPoint to represent what you would say to add context to the slides.
BY DAY 3
Post your Agency Presentation to the Discussion thread following the guidelines below.
In a 6- to 8-slide PowerPoint presentation, address each of the following areas:
• Describe the agency you visited. Include:
o Services offered
o Mission of the agency
o Clientele or population served
• Describe the social worker’s job activities and professional roles.
• Explain what brought the social worker to the field and their work history.
• Explain opportunities for advancement and what the social worker does for professional development.
• Describe the social worker’s overall job satisfaction.
• Identify the strategies the social worker uses for self-care.
• Analyze your experience. Specifically:
o Discuss your thoughts and feelings related to the agency, clientele, and type of work.
o Reflect on why you may have experienced these reactions to the agency, clientele, and type of work.
• Explain which social work values and ethics were evident (or not evident) during the interview.
• Explain how cultural awareness was demonstrated (or not demonstrated) within the agency or by the social worker.
• Explain how social justice relates to the services provided or population served by this agency.
BY DAY 6
Respond to at least one colleague identifying what you have learned from their presentation and further connecting it to the topics and resources of this course.
• Gambrill, E. (2016). Is social work evidence-based? Does saying so make it so? Ongoing challenges in integrating research, practice and policy Links to an external site.. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(sup1), S110–S125. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2016.1174642
• Levenson, J. (2017). Trauma-informed social work practice Links to an external site.. Social Work, 62(2), 105-113.
• Parrish, D. E. (2018). Evidence-based practice: A common definition matters Links to an external site.. Journal of Social Work Education, 54(3), 407–411. https://doi.org/ 10.1080/10437797.2018.1498691
• Walden University: Writing Center. (n.d.). PowerPoint presentation Links to an external site.. https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates/general#s-lg-box-20293636
Note: This is a link to a Walden University PowerPoint template.
• Walden University. (2021). Evidence-based practice. [Video]. Walden University Canvas. https://waldenu.instructure.com/