OCCUPATION THESAURUS

SOCIAL WORKER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
A social worker strives to connect people and can work in a variety of circumstances, depending on their specialty. They may pair children with foster or adoptive parents, support the elderly, connect the homeless with potential employers, provide aid to those with disabilities, or work with addicts. Clinical social workers have more foundational duties, including diagnosing and treating clients' disorders.

This work requires flexibility, since a social worker's daily schedule will vary. Besides meeting with clients, they may also be responsible for referring them to community resources or health specialists, meeting with lawyers, filing paperwork, performing home or supervised visits, and communicating with insurance companies on the client's behalf.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Most social workers will need to have a bachelor's degree in social work or a related field, such as child psychology. Clinical social workers must hold a master's degree and gain a certain amount of experience (often via an internship) before being able to practice independently. After obtaining a degree, most social workers will need to become licensed. This process varies depending on which kind of work the applicant is pursuing, what degree they hold, and the requirements of the state or province where they'll be employed.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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SOURCES OF FRICTION:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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