SOCIAL WORK TECHNIQUES
I graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 2013. I have practiced both case work and group work, in addition to community organizing. My Social Work informs everything I do, specifically the way in which I lead and design.
Social workers do what is called a biopsychosocial. It is the gathering and understanding of information about the client’s biology, psychology, and social life. Once that information is obtained, it is the social worker’s job to go out of his or her way to understand the whole life of and systems that revolve around the client. Beyond understanding, it is also the social worker’s job to put him or herself in the mindsets and shoes of their clients. If a client is religious, the social worker needs to understand that religion, and have a conversation through the lens of that system, in that mindset, thereby creating a safe space for that client. In order for effective progress and empathy, safe space needs to be established in the relationship, in the physical space, and in the conversations.
Through combining the ways that Social Work builds safe space and the way in which various media can be used to create that space, design can do amazing things. If media were designed specifically to create safe spaces for difficult conversations to take place, imagine the possibilities for progress – both socially and psychologically.
PROJECTS USING SOCIAL WORK TECHNIQUES:
• THE NO BARRIERS PROJECT
• CRITICAL CREATURE CARDS
• CRAFTS GROUP
• JEWISH QUEER YOUTH
• FIRST RESPONDERS
Painting during a therapeutic crafts group for homebound Holocaust survivors .