a month of wonder,
amazing happenings across our
A month of
Awareness of many things
many I’ve thought about, talked about
NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH
want you to remember
those who have chosen
the path of
Masters of Social Work,
Licensed Clinical Social Work
walk the Social Work path and journeys
around the world.
Clinicians, researchers, practitioners
that have learned from pioneers
with rich histories
as the power of social work
is celebrated in the month
of March each year
and the work is done
in offices, hospitals, hospices,
under bridges, in ER’s, at bedsides, in the offices, around the corners, and in the streets and homes
and shelters around the world each day.
restores hope, lends hands
by those who have studied the theory
honed their educations into art
with fluidity of movement
they are invited into the lives of others
and those who have the courage to take the first steps by allowing
someone to offer hope.
There are so many
social workers that have made a great impact on the world;
have gained great historical prominence
and walked great uncharted paths
along the years.
Dr Bernice Catherine Harper is one of those pioneers, in the hospice and hospital world
and has made and continues to make a global impact.
Jane Adams, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and our beloved civil rights activist and quite the hat wearer
Dr Dorothy Height, we miss her so.
powerful and proud of their profession,
some loud and proud, others with quiet demeanor and steadfast in their work,
dedicated to what they believe
and to the greater good
of those they provide intervention
positive regard to
their care of
in empowering others.
The National Association of Social Work,
seated in the Nations Capital
to best shape policy and be a voice
on Capital Hill
with a strong membership
leading the way
advocates, as those who stand up.
Seven social workers in Congress lead the Congressional Social Work Caucus and champion equality and improved quality of life for our citizens and do not back down when it is uncomfortable, do step out of comfort zones
on behalf of so many.
Mary Labyak, CEO of Suncoast Hospice in Florida; a Hospice pioneer
was a social worker
a leader in the field of dying and death.
We will miss her
her advocacy, as the hospice world
continues her mission, vision
recognizes that all in life, dying and death
is circles rather than linear thinking.
are the ones who step up and step in
often providing the vast majority of mental health services in this country and are often the only providers to the communities in rural areas.
And yes, it is true
those with MSW’s, LCSW’s, doctorates in Social Work
get rather how shall we say it?
Protective of their profession when those without the NASW credentials
call themselves social workers?
Yes that sounds good, let’s go with that!!!
The breadth of social work is far reaching,
is hard earned,
becomes skilled and even finer in its care
by the lessons learned by those very folks we are honored to work with and for.
Most of us have been there,
we’ve learned from the front lines,
the secondary stress of bearing witness,
of seeing, hearing, smelling, taking it all in
going through it,
we form the drum line
and weave a tapestry of society’s threads
of colors, textures, tastes…
We are there in the darkest hours, the frightening and traumatic times and when others face challenges, obstacles, and emotional, physical and spirtual upheaval.
Social Workers are the professionals
HOPE and Healing ways
that number is about
I’m not about to say
all are great, good, sterling
there are exceptions to every rule.
I will say this,
without a world of professional Social Workers
the world would be a radically different place.
But your hands
over your eyes,
That would be a world
Social Work Month
if you happen to BE
a Professional Social Worker
IFyou happen to know a social worker,
Thank them for the work they do,
cos’ trust me on this,
it ain’t so easy
March 26 is annual Social Work Day
at the United Nations.
Students, Practitioners and Educators
will convene at the United Nations
to celebrate the efforts ot social workers around the world. the National Association of Social Work President, Jeane Anastas will be there to present her opening remarks and I’m sure she will share HOPE for the present and future to the U.N. as she sets the tone for
The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development to the U.N. secretary general with Gary Bailey, IFSW president and past president of the NASW.
Oh what a world we have
in all its splendor
made more brilliant
by the skills and art
Professsional Social Workers
in our world.
Walk in Beauty,
DRSES, (*LCSW*) with such pride!
*thank YOU social workers for what YOU do and who you are*