March is National Social Work month. That’s right, Social Workers get an entire month dedicated to honoring their profession! I think of Social Work month as a month for all the other people in the world to say “Hey, thanks Social Workers for all that you do!” Spread the word and maybe your colleagues will take you to lunch or throw you a party. I really hope they do, you deserve it.
However, despite my desire for a grand party recognizing social workers, according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) there is more to Social Work month than appreciation and celebration of professional social workers. This year the theme for Social Work month is “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work.” The NASW has over 100 ways to promote Social Work month in order to help people understand why social workers are so integral to our society.
Fellow Social Workers, this month, we ask that you take a little bit of time to advocate and promote yourself and your profession. The 100 ways to promote Social Work month are all suggestions of activity (ex: create, advocate, attend, share, join, write, educate, etc.). As it is known in working with clients, the individual must DO something in order to affect change. One may desire change but something has to be done by the individual for most treatment to be effective. In order for social workers to continue to do the positive work that we do we need the support of our legislature, community, agency, and clients we serve. As a collection of individuals, who care about social work we can take this month to DO something to continue and deepen the role of social work in our society.
“Social Work is the profession of hope—fueled by resilience and advocacy. Social Workers matter because they help millions of struggling people every day dream differently.”
P.S. Just in case you haven’t heard it yet or even if you have – THANK YOU SOCIAL WORKERS for all that you do! Have a great month 🙂
NASW. Social Work Month 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013, from http://www.socialworkers.org/pressroom/swmonth/default.asp.