SOCIAL WORKER PREPARING YOUTH AND FAMILIES FOR THE TRANSITION
Many of the young people leave their foster homes disrupted connection with their parents, other members of the family and others in their social community. This is brought by several adversities that youth face while transitioning into their adult life (McManus, et al. 2015). It is important for youth is trained on the role that they should play both formally and informally as they transit to adulthood (Mitchell, Jones, & Renema, 2015). We prepare the youth on the implications for success in their transition and help them grow supportive social networks. And other important aspects those are termed as soft skills that include budget and saving management (Javalkar, et al. 2016), effective communication and gain the know-how of advocating for themselves in their daily day to day activities. We help them on how to prepare their resumes, give them a chance to interact with the environment like the workplace.
Something that I find naturally in me is that am a person with the feeling of pride and loyalty that exists among the people with a common aim. The teamwork brings the aspect of raising new ideas and imaginary ideology into reality. However, low management skill and computer skills is a challenge. But I have set strategies on how to overcome them.
Personal attributes for a social worker are social justice awareness, objectivity, empathy, resiliency, and professionalism. Ability to understand the complexity of building bridges is important. To analyze things objectively is necessary. A good social worker needs to empathize with clients.
On doing more of what am good at to become a good social worker I need to develop more on team spirit, self-confidence, communication, trustworthiness, empathy, assertiveness, and creativity (Greeson, et al. 2015). By having the ability to be relied on as truthful is an important factor. Working on the quality of being self-assured without aggressiveness is also important. And most important is having the ability to convey a message your listeners
Greeson, J. K., Garcia, A. R., Kim, M., & Courtney, M. E. (2015). Foster youth and social support: The first RCT of independent living services. Research on Social Work Practice, 25(3), 349-357.
Javalkar, K., Johnson, M., Kshirsagar, A. V., Ocegueda, S., Detwiler, R. K., & Ferris, M. (2016). Ecological factors predict transition readiness/self-management in youth with chronic conditions. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(1), 40-46.
McManus, M., White, P., Barbour, A., Downing, B., Hawkins, K., Quion, N., … & McAllister, J. W. (2015). Pediatric to adult transition: a quality improvement model for primary care. Journal of Adolescent Health, 56(1), 73-78.
Mitchell, M. B., Jones, T., & Renema, S. (2015). Will I make it on my own? Voices and visions of 17-year-old youth in transition. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 32(3), 291-300.