The Start of a Journey
My name’s Frankie, I’m here to become a better writer so that my future clients have a caseworker that is able to let auditors and others know what has been done with a client. I’m currently a Social Services major at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, with the goal of getting my BSW from Arizona State University. It has taken me a while to get to the point of confidence and clarity that I’m currently at, but the journey to get here has been worth the bumps I’ve encountered.
One of the bumps has been the realization that although I’m articulate when speaking, my ability to convey those same messages through writing isn’t at the level that I need to be in order to write 100% clear case notes as a social worker. I learned the limitations of my current writing skills throughout the semester I took a writing documentation class for my degree; the teacher said that I was a good writer but needed to be at a higher level in order to be able to let any readers know exactly how a case has progressed. At first I didn’t see why I needed to be a better writer, but as soon as I read the first comments he made on the first assignment that I turned in, and also on the subsequent assignments, I understood that without clarity readers would have a hard time getting updates on how effectivbe any services were. In social work, if there is any ambiguity in a client’s case notes, funding for services provided my any agency, may be delayed or completely discontinued. if this happens, then people who need the services will be in a worse situation than when they came to an agency seeking help, which is a situation that is best avoided. So in essence, I want to become a better writer so I can be a more effective social worker.