According to the NASW, "the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. Social work core values are service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence". How can we advocate for others when we cannot provide or meet our basic needs because of the lack of fair pay in the market for social workers? We are undervalued in our society, people and other disciplines (professions) have misconception about our profession, and many social workers who have the passion to fight for social justice have to choose to stay underpaid, yet social workers students accrue more loans to pursuit higher education, and state level social work licensures cost increase every year. As a social worker, I would like to see a national, uniform way of testing for licensure to avoid the cost, frustration, and red tape that many social workers are encountering when they decide to relocate to another state or transfer their existing credentials. Social workers deserve "change."
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