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You recently visited a social service organization Haven Rape Crisis Center in Valdosta Ga.

For this Assignment, think about your experience gathering information on the social service agency. Consider the areas of strength you observed, as well as areas where you noticed opportunities for growth.

1. Post  a description of the organization that you visited to conduct research for your Agency Paper.

2. Explain the services it provides, the populations it serves, its sources of funding, and its organizational structure.

3. Identify two areas where there may be additional opportunities for growth.

References

  • Denato, M. (2010). The vital role of social workers in community partnerships: The alliance for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 27(5), 323–334.

    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

  • Gavrielides, T. (2011). Human rights in health and social care. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 4(1), 28–37.

    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

  • Maidment, J., & Macfarlene, S. (2011).  Creating communities, promoting inclusion, empowerment and learning between older women. Australian Social Work, 64 (3), 283–298.

    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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Project: Agency Visit

In order to function as change agents, social workers interact with others in a wide variety of organizations. Visiting a social work agency allows students of social work to get a glimpse of the form that these interactions may take.

For this Assignment, visit a nonprofit social service agency in your area (Haven Rape Crisis Center in Valdosta Ga) and interview a social worker there.

During the interview:

  1. Focus on the social worker’s educational background and training.
  2. Determine whether the social worker is licensed, and find out about what brought him or her to the field as well as his or her work history.
  3. Inquire about the social worker’s job activities, professional roles, and target client group, as well as services provided by his or her organization.
  4. Determine the social worker’s professional work preferences (e.g., group, individual).
  5. Ask about professional development and the social worker’s strategies for self-care.

Submit a 5 page written account of your findings that satisfies the guidelines detailed in the Project: Agency Visit and Paper Rubric.


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