Interview a Social Worker Paper

It also helps you take your book knowledge and see what it looks like in the real world within social work practice. There are so many wonderful social workers fighting injustice in the Metro area and beyond! We will also share our stories with one another in class! Sharing helps other students learn about new areas of social work and continues to build your professional network.The Interview a Social Worker Paper is worth 100 points.Make an appointment with a Social Worker (B.S.W., M.S.W, LSW, LCSW and/or Ph.D) at an agency in which you have some interest. DO THIS ASAP!They must have a social work degree. Interview the Social Worker via Zoom, Virtually, Phone, or In-Person and write a paper on your findings using the required questions for this assignment and feel free to add extra questions too!The Interview a Social Worker Paper must be at least 6 pages and no more than 15 (excluding title page, optional graphics, and reference page).Use headers to organize your paper (APA formatting: Introduction, Description of Work, Conclusion, etc.)Save the paper with your name in the title.The Interview a Social Worker Paper must have a title page. On the title page please include; your name; name of the assignment; date paper is due; name of your instructor; and the name of the institution that you attend.Please cite all sources according to the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.Please define all concepts, theories and acronyms very succinctly and clearly. Many times the interviewee refers to their practice-specific concepts and your general audience needs help understanding these concepts (including me!). Please cite the textbook for these resources. You must reference the textbook with regard to ideas, theories, and information used. You will be applying what you have learned in the book to what your interviewee talks about (i.e., micro and macro practice, generalist intervention strategies, etc.). Use examples and definitions from the textbook to help illustrate and explain your statements.Interview a Social Worker Paper must be submitted through Canvas on the due date and time.How to Find a Social Worker:PLAN AHEAD! You should identify your social worker and schedule the interview by the 5th week of class (And the 2nd in Summer).Determine a couple of areas of social work that you think you would like to know more about. Consider school, mental health center, hospital, residential treatment center, adoption services, foster care, senior center, Department of Social Services, hospice, juvenile assessment center, at-risk youth facilities, community outreach advocacy, or whatever.Locate agencies that do that type of social work.Look up and call the agency and inquire if there is a social worker you can speak with about your assignment.If there is a social worker there then explain your assignment and see if you can set up an interview.Denver 311 is a great resource to locate different agencies in the Denver area and will give you a list of agencies located close to you.Please talk to your instructor, TAs, faculty advisor, or others about social workers they may know.Ask your peers or other folks you know to connect you with a social worker.If you are unable to find a social worker to interview, please let me know ASAP and I can help you with this task.Interview Questions and Format:Below are questions to help you guide your interview. You are in charge of the interview so come prepared with your questions, stay on track, and act professionally. Bring a recorder or your computer to take notes as it is easy to forget what your interviewee shared quickly after the interview. Please ask all questions during your interview to get a complete picture of the job and social worker experience.For paper organization please organize your question responses into the following headings: Introduction, Description of Work, and Conclusion when organizing your paper. Within these areas, you will report the answers to the questions below and integrate the knowledge from class and your textbook.  You are more than welcome to have subheadings under the headings listed above. Do not just cut and paste the questions below, but rather create a narrative in essay format reporting out your interview. The conclusion is one of the most important sections as this integrates your opinion, your interviewee’s information, textbook knowledge for context and explanation, and your wrap-up of the course. Please pay special attention to this section and the questions listed to guide you. Interview: 20 pointsIntroduction: 20 pointsWhom did you interview? What level of social worker are they? (B.S.W., M.S.W., Ph.D., LCW/LCSW?)List contact information for the person you interviewed. How did you find this social worker?Where and when did this social worker receive their degreeWhat brought this social worker into the field of social work?What is this social worker’s area of passion? Why?What other work experiences has this social worker had as a professional social worker?Is this social worker doing what they thought they would after they earned their highest social work degree? Why or why not?How long has this social worker been engaged in their field or with the agency?What is the typical level of education and salary expected for this type of work?What type of training or experience would the social worker recommend for people wanting to enter this field?Discuss and describe two other things that you learned about this professional social worker’s work experience (For example, what does this social worker plan on doing in the next five years?).Description of the Work: 20 pointsWhat does a day look like for this social worker? Are all days the same? What does a normal week look like?Identify and describe the people or groups served by this agency. What are the challenges that face this community including the human, social needs, or problems that clients have?Discuss and describe all of the ways in which at least one client group’s identities (e.g., culture, race, sex, ability status, etc.) affects the delivery of services offered by this agency.How does the social worker’s intersecting identities (e.g., culture, race, sex, ability status, etc.) impact how they serve their clients? Ask for an example.Discuss and describe any controversial issues involved with the delivery of services within this agency or by this social worker (For example, social and medical services to undocumented immigrants, social control versus social change roles) that affect how services are delivered to clients. Use the book to support your report.Discuss and describe what effort this agency/social worker undertakes to bring about institutional change (Macro level work) in the field of social welfare.Discuss and describe how someone in this agency/in the social workers role has an impact on a social policy at the local, state, or federal level.What type of interventions does this social worker or agency use to serve their clients? Identify and describe one intervention approach that is utilized by this agency. Include the level of practice (micro, mezzo, and macro levels) and the target audience. Your text will help in identifying various intervention approaches (make sure to cite the text when you reference these areas!). What does the intervention involve and what are its intended outcomes?Conclusion: Discuss and describe whether this is an agency or social work area you would like to be employed. (30 points)Discuss YOUR values and goals as a professional as it relates to this agency/social worker. Please share your opinion here and take time to reflect and give an insightful answer.How would your identity (i.e., race, gender, class, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, etc.) impact how you work in this area of social work or with the clients served by the social worker you interviewed?Discuss and describe aspects of this agency and/or social worker that impressed you the most and why? Does it relate to topics we read or discussed in class?Discuss and describe whether this agency serves the population you would like to work with when you become a social worker? Why or why not?Share any final thoughts about the interview. Including the most significant thing you learned.Reference Page: (10 points)List all references that you use in your paper. Make sure to cite theories and any idea that is not your own. 10 points for writing, organization, and APA formatting.You will need to cite the book and your interview at a minimum. Please cite any other sources that you include in your interview paper.Here is the Purdue Interviews and Personal Communication Links to an external site. for how to cite an interview and personal communication.However, because the whole paper includes the interview, you do not need to cite EVERY time you share what your social worker said. Feel free to include a paragraph like this at the beginning of your paper. This is not “APA” but works for this paper. For example: This paper is a summary and analysis of a professional interview conducted by the author, Ann Obermann, of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Samika Sulon, on October 31, 2018 at Ms. Sulon’s office at Jefferon Center for Mental Health. Ms. Sulon’s direct words will be in quotations, all other information is the perspective, paraphrasing, or summarizing of the interview by the author.This is a checklist to make sure that you have all required sections for this paper: