Social Work Month 2013 Theme
Social Work is the profession of hopeâ€”fueled by resilience and advocacy.Â Social Workers matter because they help millions of struggling people every day dream differently.
In the United States, more than 650,000 of these highly trained professionals know how daunting and immobilizing life’s tragedies and obstacles can be.Â But they also witness the sheer determination of countless individuals and families to achieve different lives.Â Sometimes, all it takes to help people get on the right path is guidance toward what is possible.Â Other times, social workers are an immediate lifeline in crisisâ€”providing access to resources and new life options.
Those served by social workers possess many strengths that keep them fighting for a better future despite personal and systemic barriers to success.Â They climb toward what is possible rather than simply accepting what the current situation may be. Â Â Professional social workers help combine these client strengths with effective personal and public advocacy.
It is with these concepts in mind that NASW has announced the theme for Social Work Month 2013 as “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work.”Â
A Nation’s Fabric
Our national fabric is comprised of many diverse lives. It is vibrant and strong because it has been woven from the stories of people from every continent into a compelling narrative of struggle, renewal, and success.Â Each thread helps make a brilliant tapestry that continues to be the envy of the world.
Stronger Safety Nets
Resilience and determination alone cannot overcome all crises, but weaving those strengths with targeted advocacy often can. The Social Work profession has a distinguished history of not only providing social safety nets to the most vulnerable, but also challenging systems that impede social mobility.
Stories of hope in the face of tragedy share a common theme: better times are ahead.Â Illness, loss, abuse, and poverty shape our lives in profound ways, but how we learn to deal with each circumstance can determine how much those experiences define our limitationsâ€”or our opportunities. Â Â