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Social Workers are Essential

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Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There are currently about 700,000 professional social workers in our nation, but that number is expected to rise to more than 800,000 by 2029. Social work has been around for more than a century and has made significant contributions to our nation. For example, social workers such as social reformer Jane Addams, former Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, and civil rights leaders Dorothy Height, Whitney Young and Ida B. Wells have helped Americans secure voting rights, equal rights, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and other programs.

You will also find social workers throughout society – protecting children from abuse and neglect, providing mental health and substance use disorder treatment, assisting active duty military, veterans and their families, in schools, helping corporations better serve their communities, and in community organizations as well as in local, state and government.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, social workers have also been on the frontlines along with doctors, nurses, grocery store staff and other essential employees. Social workers often are unsung heroes, but they play an essential role in helping people from all walks of life and backgrounds to live life to the fullest.

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During social work month we hope you will learn more about this amazing profession, say a kind word to the social workers in your lives, and advocate for policies and legislation that benefit the profession and the populations they serve. Wyoming Behavioral Institute acknowledges the many positive contributions of the profession. Their services are invaluable and include:

  • Protecting vulnerable children and supporting families in need of assistance.
  • Helping people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives.
  • Diagnosing and treating mental, behavioral, and emotional issues (clinical social workers).
  • Identifying individuals and communities that need help.
  • Assessing clients’ needs, situations, strengths, and support networks.
  • Helping clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives.
  • Researching, referring, and advocating for community resources.
  • Responding to crisis situations such as child abuse and mental health emergencies.
  • Providing psychotherapy services.

We honor the valuable contributions social workers make in serving our community. If you or someone you know is struggling and needs help, call us today at 800-457-9312 or visit us at wbihelp.com. We are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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