How to Remain Strong in Providing Social Worker Services.
New professionals in the social service field usually have a lot of energy on their first job. They believe that their good intentions and unconditional love for the people who are suffering will benefit the field. As much as love can make the world and even human beings better, it is not always the case and this is where the punchline is.
Professionals providing social services should understand that the belief that one will be able to help all the clients who come his or her way every time is a fantasy. It is also true that they will meet a breed of people who are never grateful for anything in their life no matter what other people do to help the situation.
Another rude shock these professionals should be prepared for is getting entangled with personal issues of the people they deal with. These professionals are encouraged to enroll into therapy and also record their thoughts and feelings periodically so that they can note danger signs and seek help in good time. Social work is rarely a 9-5 pm job because you may have to help people in distress during weird hours. Nonetheless, they should know when they have gone too deep in order to stop.
Social workers will deal with some clients who annoy them at some point in their careers. You cannot run away from helping such a person just because you find him or her annoying but rather come up with strategies to ensure their behavior does not get into you. Also, there are clients who will find you annoying for one reason or another no matter how good you are at your job. As long you have not hurt anyone, this is not a reason to beat yourself up about it.
Do not work all-round the year even if you think you have the determination and tools to do so. Not following such a schedule will make you very tired by mid-year which can contribute to a foul mood not to mention burnout. Besides performing other chores you keep pending for such a time, ensure you create time to reflect on your job, the failures and achievement you have made. Write down the areas you feel need extra work and if there is room for new resolutions do not hesitate to jot them down. As much as providing social services is fulfilling, self-preservation should not be ignored.