March is Social Work Month! This year’s theme is: Social workers pave the way for change. For me, the Caregiver Chronicle is a project used to pave the way for caregivers and in doing so hopefully makes the journey a bit easier.
The articles in the newsletter often reflect the ethics, values and goals of the social work profession. In particular, this issue addresses respect, consideration and empowerment for caregivers and those who receive care. Nancy Lewis with Altrusa House speaks of respectful and supportive programming at their center. Sam Boone speaks of protection and a respect for elder safety. Sally Dahlem focuses on empowerment shown through respect, security and acceptance and the Elder Options mission includes honoring elder wisdom, security and dignity.
Please join me this month in recognizing all of the professional social workers providing care and support to caregivers and clients on this journey. Licensed Clinical Social Workers hold a master’s degree from an accredited university, pass a licensing exam and have two years of clinical supervision. They are licensed under the state board of professional regulation. Social Workers provide therapy/counseling, case management and act as facilitators, brokers of resources and services, and coordinators of care. They work with individuals, families and groups. Social workers follow their code of ethics which focuses on treating all persons in a caring and respectful manner, respecting the inherent dignity and worth of the person and enhancing a client’s capacity and opportunity to change. A big thank you to all of my colleagues. It is an honor to be on this journey with you.
Cheryl Robinson, LCSW