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Asking for Help
Helpers Seeking Help - Kanako Okuda
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Helpers Seeking Help
Field learning exposes you to your new role as a professional social worker. It can be emotional, which forces you to change and grow. The process involves anxiety and a wide range of feelings. Knowing when to ask for help assures you that you are not alone in the journey.
When to Ask for Help
When You Have Concerns About...
Not enough or too many assignments
Difficulty understanding assignments
Needing accommodations to complete your assignments
Relationship with the field instructor
Inconsistent or not enough supervision
Not getting feedback
Your work not being observed
Not getting support with your assignments
Life crises involving your family members
Major life events
Getting sick or injured at your field placement
Being asked to participate in an investigation by the agency or outside authorities
Sources: Bogo (2018); Glassman (2016); Kanno & Koeske (2010); Ting (2010); Zeff, Kaersvang, & Raskin (2016).
Where to Seek Help
Your Field Instructor
Your Informal Support Network
Family & Friends
Medical professionals & attorneys
Asking for help is hard.
But it is one of the most important skills for social workers.
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