March is Social Work Month in Newfoundland and Labrador. The 2019 theme is Real People. Real Impact. This theme speaks to the real difference social workers make in the lives of people, families and communities.
In recognition of social work month, NLASW Board President, Henry Kielley, released the following message:
March is National Social Work Month. The social work profession in Newfoundland and Labrador is a vibrant and growing profession with over 1500 Registered Social Workers (RSWs) employed in diverse areas of practice. This year’s theme for Social Work Month, Real People: Real Impact, speaks to the positive impact social workers have on the lives of individuals, families, groups and communities.
Everyday, Registered Social Workers bring their knowledge, skills and expertise to enhance the health and well-being of the people of this province. Whether it is providing frontline services, developing programs and services, or working in advancing healthy public policy, social workers are committed to providing high quality services while challenging oppression and advancing social justice.
Social work practice is guided by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. I take great pride in a profession that is committed to the values and principles of integrity, respect, competence, and social justice. Social workers promote client self-determination and autonomy and work with people to foster their own resiliency and strength.
Social work is a diverse profession, and regardless of your job title, take the time to showcase your pride in the profession and let people know that you are a social worker. Wear your RSW with pride. Let’s work together in promoting our profession. Provincially, nationally and internationally the social work profession continues to make a positive impact.
As President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers, I am proud to say that I am a Registered Social Worker and part of such a vibrant profession.
Happy Social Work Month!
A range of continuing professional education (CPE) and networking events will be occurring throughout the month. An event flyer was forwarded by email to all NLASW members on February 18. Event details have also been added to the event listing section of our website.
Check out the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) social work month webpage for a printable version of the social work month poster, additional CPE opportunities and chances to win some great prizes. The following video has also been released which celebrates the theme and the profession.