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When I was given the assignment to write an essay style paper on anything we went over in this social work class I reviewed the notes to decide what I would like to write about. I was not sure, since we covered so much in this class and I have learned a lot about Social Work from the history of social work to how the profession is today and all the different fields that a Social Worker might work in today.
However I ultimately decided to write about the area of Social work that interests me the most. It is also something that I feel I have had some experience in working with. So I chose to write about the concept of Social Justice and the social worker. So let’s first take a look at the definition of Social Justice in chapter 4 of our book it defines Social Justice. However I would like to sum it up in my own words Justice simply stated means fairness and equality. So that everyone has the same opportunities for empowerment. I do not want to be the type of Social worker who is here to fix people or take care of other people. I am not interested in being someone’s babysitter or care giver. I do think it is part of the job of a good Social worker to advocate on behalf of others when we see injustices present, not to fight for the individual with an issue of injustice but rather to fight alongside of them. This is why I like the idea of Social Justice the idea of empowering others to make the changes they need in their own lives and how to work not only each individual person but on changes that can help the greater good of the most people. I do think the greatest job of a social worker is to help other people to be able to help themselves. I like a parable from the bible that says “If you give a man a fish he eats that meal if you teach him to fish he eats for a life time”. To me that is what Social Justice Work is. It is giving people the tools they need to…...

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