Do you consider yourself an advocate, educator, activist, facilitator, mediator, or broker? Social workers take on all of these roles at various times. For example, a social worker may initiate and uphold change through social action. Alternatively, certain factors, such as race, social class, mental health, or sexual orientation may influence the social worker’s role. Therefore, the social worker must understand the client issue in order to be an effective helper. Regardless of the role, the direct practice social worker has the obligation to serve clients in multiple roles on many levels—micro, mezzo, or macro.
In this Discussion, you examine the multidimensional roles social workers fulfill in order to serve the best interest of the client.
To prepare: Review “Case Study: Sarah,” found in the course text. pg 12
Social worker roles: Activist