Social work is a growing area and profession, and the main
purpose is to improve the quality of life for other people in whatever
way possible. This area is further divided into many different sub areas
or specialties so there can be many different types of professionals in
One of the most popular types of social workers is
family or school social workers. The main responsibility of these
workers is to help families cope with situations that can be stressful,
such as a death in the family or divorce. If there is any situation in a
family which is less than ideal, it can have far-reaching impact on the
members, especially children. Therefore, it is important to have social
workers who can help families adapt to the new circumstances.
are many different family cases where workers are needed such as in
families with single parents, foster families, and children who are
adopted or even abused. Workers who are specialized to deal with
children are known as child protective workers. In school, these people
can help raise awareness about different important issues such as drugs
and safety, and can also provide counseling to children.
also many social workers who work with the mentally unstable, and help
them have a chance at a normal life. People who have mental illnesses
may need guidance and help to get through, and this is what the workers
provide. Specialists in this area of the field can help such people
through therapy, intervention and even rehabilitation programs. Not just
that, the family members of such patients, also need help to cope with
the patient and to understand how to handle difficult situations, and
workers can help them learn more about this. People who have addictions
and substance abuse problems can also get help. Substance abuse workers
are usually available in clinics and hospitals.
Last but not least
are the medial social workers who work with patients with different
kinds of diseases and conditions. These workers help extend care to the
patients and help them cope with the disease which can be anything
ranging from AIDS to Alzheimer’s. If a patient needs home care, this can
also be arranged by the workers. Social professionals who deal with
patients needing organ transplants, are also known as clinical workers.
These are some common types of social workers, and there are other
categories that you can work in as well.