Preparation for Social Practice

By application of the entire social work process, social workers understand the integration as well as the interconnections that exist in the context of this practice. All members are vulnerable in one way or the other. Although theoretical understanding can help in comprehending human behaviour, it cannot operate on its own. It requires skills, ethics, and knowledge values to enable individuals to deal with complex situations. Effective communication skills represent one of the key foundations of social work practice. Therefore, a social worker requires a wide range of methods and theories for developing own communication skills. The adopted theories have a huge impact on the language used and determine the relationship between social workers and the users. This is an essential integral part of social work since relationships are important in this field. In this field, interpersonal communication can be said to be a complex process because it incorporates exchange of not only verbal but also non-verbal signals. Although the average person makes judgments mostly based on verbal communication, social workers are expected to recognize the vocal tones and bodily language to gain a deeper understanding of the information being passed (Koprowska, 2005). Social workers also require effective listening skills, which are very important especially when conversing with children. In the case of Dan, a 9-year-old boy, effective listening creates a child-centered commitment with an inclusive experience. This also creates an environment within which Dan feel encouraged to speak out his thoughts as well.

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