Provided social services to hard-to-place children
- Provided advocacy services
- Acted as a liaison with Children Services Administration, Family Court and Department of Education
- Conducted field visits
- Testified in court hearings
- Prepared written reports and performed other duties as assigned.
Sample Writing 1.
The combination of my education and experience has provided me with the knowledge and ability to assess and understand the needs of Newly Immigrants. First, I would apply the following skills to address areas of concern to The Newly Immigrants. For example, I would conduct intake, interview clients, relatives, neighbors and other professionals regarding the physical, social, emotional, health status, financial status, mental health status, psychiatric evaluation, and housing history. This would allow me to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of The Newly Immigrants and formulate treatment objectives and goals and select the most effective treatment method. A decision about The Newly Immigrant is based on information collected and providing appropriate services to enhance his/her social functioning.
During my graduate studies in the degree of Social Work , I completed social work courses that provided me the knowledge and ability to motivate and empower low-income families to become self-sufficient. I will apply those social work techniques in working with The Newly Immigrants.
I would establish a good rapport with clients from the beginning of the sessions as a foundation for a working relationship. As a result, the individual and I would feel comfortable with each other. We would be able to discuss and relate well to each other without inhibitions. I would be sensitive, understanding and empathic to the newly immigrants' feelings and problems. These skills would help the individual to trust me; otherwise, it would be difficult to motivate and empower the individual to accept services. Applying my knowledge and ability as described above would also motivate the newly immigrants to be confident, productive and self-sufficient.
I also would apply the technique of empathic communication to motivate and empower Newly Immigrants toward self-sufficient. I would allow The Newly Immigrant to feel that I can accurately and sensitively perceive his/her inner feelings and be able to communicate my understanding to The Newly Immigrant. The first step I would take in the interview process is for The Newly Immigrant to feel comfortable and encourage talking, as I listen to him/her attentively; I would also validate The Newly Immigrant's feelings. This technique would allow me to become more aquatinted with the individual. During the therapeutic process, I would demonstrate that I understood the individual's pain with my words, tone of voice and body language.
Another technique I would apply to motivate, and help newly immigrants toward self-sufficient is contracting. The individual and I would formulate a treatment plan that would address each problem and include objectives and goals. I would utilize a supportive role to help motivate newly immigrants to achieve their goals and be able to take steps they may have not taken. I would also empower and encourage newly immigrants using the strengths perspective to focus on future outcomes and strengths and also acknowledge their achievement.
My education and trainings in the field of Social Work has provided me with knowledge and ability to provide intensive case management to individuals and their family members. For example, my experience as a social worker working with individuals with history of Mental, Physical and Emotional issues have increased my skills to coordinate care, and actively participate in program planning and development. In addition, my work experience has allowed me to monitor services, facilitate conferences, and serve as an advocate on behalf of individuals, recommending and referring clients to medical centers, mental health centers, community programs, job placement programs and housing.
As described above, my experience in the field of human services and working collaboratively with governmental and community-based organizations, Administration for Children Services (currently known as NYC Children Services), New York City Housing, Department of Education, Social Security Administration, Hospitals and Nursing Facility, Adult for Protective Services and other community agencies associated with treatment to strive for developing more effective and efficient ways of delivery services to ensure individuals become self-sufficient and productive in society. My skills and abilities in delivering social services in the field of human services will be greatly beneficial to your agency.
Sample writing 2
I have a combination of education and experience that has provided me with the knowledge to perform the task on the job. For example, the trainings in the field of Social Work have significantly helped me in helping individuals with various problems. My experience as a caseworker with Adult Protective Services and as an intern with Women In Need and as a domestic violence social worker has provided me the opportunity to work with various client populations. These populations include clients with psychiatric and physical problems, substance abuse, clients involved in legal difficulties and other populations in need. For example, I assisted in the provision of services to clients at risk and/or families involved in eviction, financial management and homecare services and referrals to outpatient and inpatient treatment.
My education and experience has helped me in performing individual client and family assessment and counseling, assessment of clients living environment as alternative homes, and/or mental health facilities. Viewed from a biopsychosocial and environmental perspectives and the roles they play in treatment, I conducted intake, interviewed clients, relatives, neighbors and other professionals regarding the physical, social, emotional and other problems of clients for the purpose of social service planning. A decision about the client is based on information collected in providing appropriate services to enhance the clients social functioning. I utilized skills such as engagement, assessment, contracting, and constant monitoring for continual evaluation.
My education and trainings in the field of Social Work has provided me with knowledge in providing Clinical services to other populations in need in which some are immigrants. As part of my Social Work training, I was placed with agencies that provide services to mothers with substance abuse problems who also need readjustment counseling services.
Empathic communication is an important technique to utilize while working with clients in need. Appropriate use of empathy as a communication tool facilitates the clinical interview, increases the efficiency of gathering information, and honors the patient. When working with The Newly Immigrants, it is possible to find that communication may be transmitted unclearly because this population may be afraid of being direct and unable to clearly express their feelings. As the clinician, I have helped an immigrant mother whose children were removed from her care. Mrs. J went to the store to buy food for her children and by time she returned home, Children Services was called and these children were removed from the home. Mrs. J did not understand that in America, Children under age must not be left unsupervised. Being an Immigrant myself in America helped me to accurately and sensitively perceive her inner feelings and I was able to communicate my understanding to her. I never assumed Mrs. J's feelings; instead I let her clearly describe her thoughts and she confirmed that I interpreted correctly. It was important to her because she had repeatedly informed me that she feels no one has ever listened to her or understood her reason that she did not intentionally leave her children unattended. Her judgment was based on providing food for her children.
The first step I took in the interview process was that I helped Mrs. J to feel comfortable and encouraged her to talk, as I listened to her attentively. It is important to mention this was not achieved during our first encounter. Mrs. J needed to believe that I was there to help her and not judge her. She also needed to believe that although we did not share the exact same life experiences, I would still be able to express my empathy. This technique allowed me to become more aquatinted with Mrs. J. During the therapeutic process, I demonstrated that I understood her pain with my words, tone of voice, body language and validated her feelings.
Another technique used was contracting. Contracting serves as collaboration between a worker and the individual to address issues confronting the individual by establishing goals, focus, and the structure of the intervention. Mrs. J and I formulated a treatment plan that addressed her issues and included her objectives and goals. I initially told her I would be there for 6 months and she would be expected to attend weekly Parental skill program. She would have to try to meet her goals. Mrs. J agreed and signed the treatment plan.
As a result of being a supportive role for Mrs. J and validating her feelings, she was able to begin to take steps she would not have taken before. For example, Mrs. J told me about her anger and resentment toward her peers in the parental skill program. She would repress her anger and walk away to be by herself. I encouraged her to tell her peers how she felt. She decided to confront one peer at the program. She informed me how good it felt to tell her peer how she felt. She said she feels more confident and likes the idea that she gets to be heard. She also feels like a viable and important person who has a right to be heard like everyone else.
I was also able to empower Mrs. J from the strengths perspective. I was able to encourage Mrs, J to focus on future outcomes and strengths, such as completing her training programs. When Mrs. J completed her Parental training program, I acknowledged her achievement and she was able to use that same determination to set future education and employment goals. I applied the knowledge gained from social practice, human behavior and social policy in helping Mrs. J regain custody of her children.
I also utilized the following skills in working with my clients; acceptance, confidentiality, and self-determination. For example, listening and responding sensitively to my clients feeling and making an effort to understand them, respecting clients right to privacy and non-disclosure of any confidential information about the clients without clients consent and self-determination strengthened client's autonomy. This allows the client to actively participate in making choices and choose the courses of action and establish a good rapport from the beginning of the session as a foundation for a working relationship. As a result, the client and I are comfortable with each other. We are able to discuss and relate well to each other without inhibitions. My clients trusted me otherwise, it would have been difficult to motivate any newly immigrant such as Mrs. J.
I have experience as acting as a liaison to Children's Services (currently known as NYC Children Services) and Family Court. For example, mothers that were involved in domestic violence issues or drug related issues are required by family court to comply with the rules and regulations of the agency.
I also have experience in working within a multi-disciplinary setting with other professionals. For example, I have experience working with other social workers, psychologists, medical doctors, families, mental health specialist and social welfare systems. Within a multi-disciplinary setting, I have succeeded to work as a team and exchange ideas to assist one another to identify and respond to critical events with diplomacy and action and to resolve difficult cases.
As a social worker, I have the knowledge, experience and ability to apply the skills described in both sample writings to work with The Newly Immigrants to lessen poverty in disadvantaged and low income communities as mandated by government.