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Communication Skills in Social Work Oz Assignments
The aim of social work professional is actually to strengthen the weaker section of the social community, which are living in a very poor situation. It is very important for the social worker to understand the basic nature of the current environment and the force related to them (Soltani & Maupetit, 2015). In this kind of work moral value and ethics plays the major contribution in the life of the social media in order to handle issues related to the society. The social workers should have a better understanding of cultures and ethical difference among the different people which are living in the same society.
My personal values and formation
Values are an important part of my life as there is the portion of my upbringing. My thoughts and action are all dependent on them. I believe that moral values and ethics have a major impact on any person's behaviour, in fact, it governs the behaviour. My values and ethics are all gifts from my family which has to nurture it from time to time. My values and ethics are direct my behaviour to promote social justice, treat everyone with equality, ready to help others, be truthful and respect others opinion (Chell et. al., 2016). My family has complete believe that if we want that others should give us respect; it is our duty to earn that respect with the help of our actions. It is known to me that in case of values and ethics our personal and professional life may conflict because what is ethical for personal life can be unethical for professional especially when it is the situation of a social worker. Hence I try to connect my upbringing values with my social work so that I can form a balance between my personal and professional life (Greene, 2017). I believe that my social environment just as religion and culture have directed me to act in certain ways towards other persons. Earlier homosexuality practices were prohibited in my religion and thus it has created a stereotype and prejudice against homosexuality. But as a social worker, it is my duty to understand the feeling of another person instead of prejudging them. We should understand that every person is different and so is their thinking process and we cannot force anyone to think or behave in a certain way (Valentine & Fleischman, 2008). In such cases being a social worker, I should see things related to mankind and must modify my values and ethics according to this changing world.
AASW code of ethics fits with my values and ethics
AASW is also known as Australian association of social workers. AASW code of ethics basically focuses on the legal aspect related to social work. Its main purpose is to market respect for persons, equal social justice and professional integrity in the society. AASW act as the guidance for my work as a social worker for serving the society (Hugman, 2008). It is the AASW code of ethics which has brought change in some of my beliefs and thinking process. Now I am more concern about respect for human dignity and the values that it will bring to the society. I feel that it has become my first priority to provide social justice to every person in this world. As per AASW while working as the social worker, it becomes very important to understand professional boundaries in this kind of work because in many cases understanding of ethics become different for different persons. Let us take the example of two people in an organization, one is employee and other is the manager (Rice & McAuliffe, 2009). The manager has every right to modify his as well as employees work as per situation but in case of employee he/she can alter his work but is not able to alter or modify work of his manager. Hence, it becomes significant for me to understand the limits of my social work so that I may not fall in unethical practices knowing it as my personal goal for bringing change in the society. As per AASW being a social worker many times I have to face conflicts of interest which can arise in relation to emotions, feelings, involuntary client or clients, unbiased judgment and financial aspects (O'leary, Tsui & Ruch, 2012). As a social worker, it becomes imperative for me to ensure that my actions are not inclined towards my own personal gain in the shadow of doing social work.
Unconditional positive regard for the other as the core ethical practice and challenges
Unconditional positive regards basically focus on the huge resources inside an individual which helps the individual to bring necessary alteration or change in their behaviour, concepts, and attitudes according to the present situations. It was a very useful concept given by Carl Rogers for caring about social work (Edvardsson, Winblad & Sandman, 2008). For the person like me, unconditional positive regard concept is very essential for my growth in this sector because it directs a person towards taking responsibility of another person. This is a kind of support which every person is looking for improving his/her present situation. There are many challenges which I have to face while practicing unconditional positive regards. Unconditional positive regards concept says that I am the expert person in my work and know every aspect of the other person but in reality, the person who has faced the situation knows all the answers. My work is to bring out those answers from their mind which is not an easy task (Robbins, 2008). Unconditional positive regard concept says that I should believe that whatever things have happened with other person is all because of their behaviour but in reality, their behaviour is actually the outcome of the environment in which they are living. Hence in this case as a social worker either I have to follow this concept of unconditional positive regards or I should believe on reality and should work on business environment aspect of that person (Farber & Doolin, 2011). Unconditional positive regards concept says that I should totally dedicate my work towards the other person and always believe on them but if the client is that much clever that he//she will actually move the whole case towards his/her favor, then in this case either I should work for the personal interest of the other person or I should go with facts and evidence which can decide the true face of the situation.
It is the values and ethics which actually governs the life of any person and provides them the understanding of the difference between right and wrong aspects of the things which are related to the society. Usually, values and ethics or any person are the series of experiences which a person has faced from his/her birth and it is also the outcome of years of tradition that is being followed by the person family, society in which they live and also the environment. But when it comes to social work practice, sometimes it becomes very difficult to find out what is right or what is wrong because of the clash between personal and professional believes and also there is association which keeps on adding some more attachment related to ethics which keeps on enlarging this difference line. As human is known as the social animal but there is one thing which keeps them unique from animals is their thinking process. In general, every person in this world is well able to understand the difference between right and wrong but it is the situation which forces them to act unethically even knowing that their actions are not legal. Hence as a social worker, I should focus on making an improved environment for the other person instead of trying to make the person that which does not reveal his/her true identity.
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