March is designated as social work month

Published 6:40 pm Thursday, March 5, 2020

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Social Work Month is in March. The theme chosen by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) this year is Social Work: Generations Strong.

Each day, nearly 800,000 social workers nationwide work to elevate and empower others, giving them the ability to solve life’s problems, cope with personal roadblocks and obtain the services they need.
Social workers are everywhere. You may not realize it, but whenever there is a need a social worker is there. Social workers are in hospitals, mental health facilities and clinics, public health and physicians’ offices.

Social workers support our courageous military personnel, veterans and their families. They are in schools, helping students overcome issues that prevent them from getting an education and when warranted, social workers protect children, the disabled, and the elderly when they are being neglected or maltreated.

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Social workers also help children find new families through adoption. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work is one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States and is expected to rise 11% in the next decade.
Social workers are often called upon to assist with the development and implementation of action plans during times of crisis. Social workers work with the Red Cross and other agencies to provide services during crises.
The Miss-Lou has many social workers serving our community. We work in hospitals, health care agencies, hospice, physicians’ offices, schools and public agencies.

We provide mental health services, crisis intervention, community organization services, and work to protect children, the disabled, and the elderly when they are being neglected or maltreated.
Social workers do not work for recognition, but we work where and when there is a need. During the month of March if you know a social worker give them a simple thank you for their hard work. Thank you!

Carolyn Read
National Association of Social Workers

Louisiana Chapter