RUNNING HEAD: Graduate Essay for the M.S.W. Program
Social work practice is concerned with behavior in the context of the social environment, which includes individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. As a social worker, I enjoy assisting the social environment, and I have a strong desire to help people improve their lives. I want to encourage people to function the best way they can in their environment, teach people how to solve their personal problems and family problems, deal with relationships, and provide ...view middle of the document...
For an entire year, I learned how to handle the high demand of nine children in my home, work full time, and finish the semester with a 4.0 GPA. During my second year at Radford, I successfully mastered a 4.0 GPA, endured three corrective vision implant surgeries in both eyes, and I dealt with the many different crises of my adolescent foster children. I feel that these challenges made me stronger and taught me how to manage a busy schedule. I am confident that I can succeed at whatever life throws my way.
Now you ask how I managed to continue my educational career and keep a 4.0 GPA. I feel that setting goals and sticking to them are the keys to success, and this is why I must further my education with a masters degree. I feel that by succeeding, my goals and dreams will benefit others and not just me. I have seen a glimpse of the kind of future I am aiming for in my current position as a youth counselor at DePaul Family Services. With the experience and knowledge I have attained during my undergraduate studies, I see a career for myself in social work, and I know I will have to earn a firm educational background to build a successful future practice. I plan to go where many counselors avoid, and that is working with the Deaf population. My long-term goal is to continue and earn a License Clinical Social Work degree and become fluent in Sign Language, and one day I will be a family counselor for the Deaf and hearing people in the Roanoke Valley region.
Confidentiality with minors is one of the most important ethical issues of our time. Minor clients cannot legally give informed consent, only their parents or guardians can (Isaacs & Stone, 2001). The parents have full access to their child’s records, which may allow the child to feel unsafe. However, the minor does retain the legal right under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Virginia Statutes to give or refuse to give consent for all other disclosures (CEP, 2007). The Center for Ethical Practice states, “Prior to HIPAA and the changes in three Virginia statutes, parents were deemed to hold the minor's confidentiality rights, including the right to make decisions about disclosures”. Minor’s confidentiality is historically improving; however, social workers and therapists must still decide what is and is not documented, in order for the client to feel safe. The NASW states that social workers must provide documentation for assessment and treatment, client’s involvement, outcomes, and goals. All clients must feel safe to share private information to form the trusting therapeutic relationship that is necessary for success (Isaacs Stone, 2001). Through my personal experience, I have learned that minors value confidentiality just as much as adults do.
I have experienced many different types of diversity within my life. Currently, I am studying the Deaf culture, and through research, I plan to prove that Deaf...