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An Area of Practice in Social Work Social workers are trained to practice on a number of settings They can do casework group work or work with communities Zastrow 2000 When a social work major has graduated from college they will have the generalist skills to practice with either one of those methods If a person would like to practice in the rehabilitative services with substance abuse they may think about what level they are interested in A rehabilitative social worker dealing with individuals who have suffered from substance abuse may think about practicing at the mid level because in some cases it may be easier for the individual to interact with people in the same predicament The department of rehabilitative services is designed to meet the needs of people that are incapable of meeting their basic needs Depending on the individuals needs interests and capabilities the department of rehabilitative services can provide an individual with a number of services that can help that individual meet their needs The services include vocational counseling vocation evaluation job development and job placement Zastrow 2000 Rehabilitative services can assist individuals with disabilities and they can provide the necessary skills for the individual to become independent A person that wants to go into the field of being a rehabilitative social worker may want to treat individuals in a group with vocational counseling Lee 1998 The counseling services include individual group parent and vocational guidance Zastrow 2000 The worker may consider working with small groups who have similar problems The group counseling focuses on peer interaction and development of social skills The worker is just there to facilitate the group and the individuals in need help each other Lee 1998 The individuals or groups served by rehabilitative services are individuals that have suffered from substance abuse or individuals with long mental illnesses Lee 2001 With these two categories a rehabilitative social worker can conduct small group
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