To my fellow Social Workers and Human Behaviourist professionals, I must say here that it takes more to the book to be effective in this field of ours. If your instincts are yet not at default, conversant with fundamental theories, skills and knowledge base of our profession, then your efficacy would be so much questioned.
I recently handled a therapeutic session with a client of mine who had a case of metathesophobia (fear for change) and some shades of PTSD and have been in this for 11years. I listened with so much undistorted attention, blended with a vivid show of empathy, after which I sought her permission to try out something she would love. I proceeded to connecting my phone to a sound output I had and played “Man in the mirror by Keke Palmer originally sang by Michael Jackson”.
While we paid attention to the commanding therapeutic lyrics of the song, she drove in a state of deep reflection and all of a sudden tears rolled down her eyes. Very touching indeed, but the Social Worker must master the principle of controlling his emotional involvement. Upon such professional directive, I tried so hard not to take to tears as well. Within me, I knew that the cognitive-behavioural therapy is taking place in restructuring her cognition, thereby giving her a more positive style of thought which would consequently affect her behaviour and responses. She demanded a repeat of the song which I obliged.
Toward the later end of the second play, smiles filled her face and she stood up with her hand across for a handshake. For the first time, she saw a possibility of change as evident in her words – “change could be a difficult process but it gets easy when its humongous feature is put in bits for a holistic purpose” (Could not understand that immediately but when I did, I took to loving my profession more). To consolidate the therapeutic process, I resorted to presenting options of tasks through the Task Centred Therapy she could engage herself with and a bit of motivational counselling so as to avoid a relapse. Moreover, follow ups were made for monitoring purpose until she was considered fit to exclusively lead her life herself.
In essence, the liberal “arts” is a part of the knowledge base for the social worker which is evident in how a song accompanied with a range of professionally induced human oriented skills could remedy an 11 year old dysfunction. It might not always be music. It could be the breezing air; some qualities of beautiful mother nature; a poem and may be, a perfect blend of textile decoration. Man’s inherent love for the arts is a therapy in itself when used constructively. As Jim Rohn rightly said, let our knowledge not lead us to learning but to action. It transcends the class and even the books.
Respect a Social Worker because they go through so much to make you happy and to lead a quality life.