Developing professionalism is a process that continues throughout your career. Your career in social work requires you to develop a professional relationship with the families you serve. Three skills you can employ to enhance your relationship are:
- Warmth/Respect – Warmth/Respect can be described as a combination of interest, acceptance, non-judgmental attitude, caring-concern, and strengths identification.
- Genuineness – continue to be yourself throughout the process of accomplishing your goals in your professional role.
- Empathy – acknowledge you understand the client’s situation.
What is accomplished by developing these skills?
- Conveying Warmth-Respect towards your clients promotes a sense of comfort, acceptance, and well-being.
- Being Genuine with your clients promotes an atmosphere of honesty and will help your client to feel you’re someone they can trust.
- Displaying Empathy communicates to the client that you understand their situation, that you are not judging them, and that you are really there to help them and their families.