Social work is a growing area and profession, and the main purpose is to improve the quality of life for other people in whatever way possible. This area is further divided into many different sub areas or specialties so there can be many different types of professionals in the field.
One of the most popular types of social workers is family or school social workers. The main responsibility of these workers is to help families cope with situations that can be stressful, such as a death in the family or divorce. If there is any situation in a family which is less than ideal, it can have far-reaching impact on the members, especially children. Therefore, it is important to have social workers who can help families adapt to the new circumstances.
There are many different family cases where workers are needed such as in families with single parents, foster families, and children who are adopted or even abused. Workers who are specialized to deal with children are known as child protective workers. In school, these people can help raise awareness about different important issues such as drugs and safety, and can also provide counseling to children.
There are also many social workers who work with the mentally unstable, and help them have a chance at a normal life. People who have mental illnesses may need guidance and help to get through, and this is what the workers provide. Specialists in this area of the field can help such people through therapy, intervention and even rehabilitation programs. Not just that, the family members of such patients, also need help to cope with the patient and to understand how to handle difficult situations, and workers can help them learn more about this. People who have addictions and substance abuse problems can also get help. Substance abuse workers are usually available in clinics and hospitals.
Last but not least are the medial social workers who work with patients with different kinds of diseases and conditions. These workers help extend care to the patients and help them cope with the disease which can be anything ranging from AIDS to Alzheimer's. If a patient needs home care, this can also be arranged by the workers. Social professionals who deal with patients needing organ transplants, are also known as clinical workers. These are some common types of social workers, and there are other categories that you can work in as well.