The nation will commemorate National Social Work Month this month, and the National Association of Social Workers will celebrate its 60th anniversary as well.
The official theme for Social Work Month in March 2015 is Social Work Paves the Way for Change.
Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society.
The theme Social Work Paves the Way for Change was selected to convey what the social work profession has done over the past six decades to bring about positive changes in society and for individuals.
Social workers more than any other profession recognize that more must be done to address persistent social problems such as poverty, lack of education and health care access, and discrimination based on gender, race, sexuality, or income. And they know that all people, no matter their circumstance, at some time in their lives may need the expertise of a skilled social worker.
Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This can mean providing direct services or therapy directly to people (called clients). It also can mean working for change to improve social conditions.
Many social workers work for social change as well. The victim of an assault benefits not only from therapy but also from efforts to curb neighborhood crime. The client under stress, because illness has devastated the family finances, benefits from efforts to reform the nation’s health care system.
Celebrate this month by thanking people you may know who are social workers, or by raising awareness for social workers.