Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Beatrice. Beatrice Wonders, “What do social workers do?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Beatrice!

Today’s Wonder of the Day is about an occupation that strives to help people. No, we’re not talking about doctors or nurses. It’s not even about firefighters. These would all be great guesses! However, today we’re talking about social workers. 

What do social workers do? They help people cope with and overcome challenges in their lives. This can range from working with families to helping patients in hospitals. A social worker’s job can be very complicated. Still, many think it’s one of the most rewarding careers out there. 

Social workers can work in many places. For instance, you’ll often find clinical social workers in private or group practices. They can diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders. Clinical social workers work with both patients and doctors to plan and provide treatment.

You may see direct-service social workers in schools, hospitals, and other places. They work with people on many different challenges. There are several types of direct-service social work.

For example, some social workers focus on children and families. They help families access necessities like child care and housing. They may also aid with adoptions. Child and family social workers also help protect children who have been abused. They often work with foster parents to give kids a safe place to live.

School social workers help kids of all ages. They may work with parents and teachers to support a child’s education. They may also help children with issues like anxiety or bullying

Direct-service social workers can also work in hospitals. There, they help patients get the care they need. This could take many forms. For example, they might help a patient understand a new illness. They may also support a person who is in therapy.

How does a person become a social worker? Usually, they’ll study social work or psychology in college. They need to earn a bachelor’s degree and often a master’s degree. Social workers must also be licensed by the state they work in.

Are you interested in social work? It can be a great fit for those who love helping others. Social workers face many challenges every day. Still, the hard work may be worth it to make a big difference in so many lives.

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