This March is Social Work Month. But social work and the work of social workers is year round in 2018 just as it has been for as long as most of us can remember. Back in 2014, Merriam Webster awarded “CULTURE” the Word of the Year. Culture and an understanding of it remains a cornerstone for practitioners and supervisors in the social work profession working on micro, mezzo and macro levels.
When I say cornerstone, I am speaking of all the definitions of culture that made it the pick for the 2014 word of the year.
– the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time
– a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.
– a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization
Social workers have the bandwidth and capacity to help create change in the world with individuals, systems, policy and in organizations. The connection between culture and social work is a special relationship that weaves well with relational work in areas of intervention, advocacy and leadership.
The late Alfred Kadushin said, “The relationship is the communication bridge between people.”
This relationship that social workers have with culture and the tendency of social workers to work relationally within the context of culture creates the ideal bridge to change with people.
Happy Social Work Month!
– Rob Edwards