One of the
major problems we face as a profession is that the general public has
a limited and inaccurate perspective on what social workers really do.
People often do not connect with the fact that we touch their lives in
the "You'll Need a Social Worker" poster to help the public see how social
workers touch everyone's life.
This poster presents a series of seventy five problems that people typically
encounter. These challenges can be faced by any of us. Most of them are
normative. This is intentional: We want everyone to connect with
our profession on a personal basis. The challenges are sequenced across
the lifespan since social workers help people at all stages of human development.
We created this poster as a partial solution to problems discussed at
the "Midwest Schools" meeting at the Baccalaureate Program Director's
conference at Destin, Florida in 2000. We are also plain tired of always
seeing social workers getting cut out of budgets and being appropriated
far too little money for far to many needs.
really need to advocate for ourselves!
use this poster:
Specific groups may use this poster free of charge with limited distribution
and programs in social work that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may use it for promotional
or educational purposes. This includes use at the school or program
level and also by individual faculty.
Examples: Include it in your student handbook. Pass it out at community
gatherings. Teach from it.
who are formally admitted to these programs and schools may use the
poster provided use is directly connected with a classroom, field, or
social work student organization activity.
Examples: Used in fundraisers for the organization. Circulate it as
a field activity.
practitioners who hold an accredited degree in social work and also
who are current members in good standing of the National Association of Social Workers
may use the poster for practice, education or training purposes.
Examples: Put a copy on your door! Give copies to your local legislators.
Use it in workshops.
501 (C) 3 agencies that support social work practice may also use it
for promotional and educational purposes provided that the organization
formally endorses the NASW Code of Ethics.
Examples: Put copies out when you have a booth at a conference. Circulate
it among your board members.
Format and Style
The poster's text and style may be adapted to any format suitable for
distribution. For example, it can be printed and distributed as a poster
or flier; included in a handbook, brochure, or report; clipped into a
website, made into tee-shirts, or otherwise modified for distribution.
We do ask that the actual copy not be edited or changed.
We know of
one school that is distributing it as refrigerator magnets!
This poster and website are privately owned by Dr. Darlene Lynch
and Dr. Robert Vernon. Dr. Lynch teaches at Ball State University and
Dr. Vernon teaches at Indiana University. It is prefectly OK to use
this poster with your own organization's logo or name. The requested
citation is as follows, although the URL may be deleted if you have
© 2001, Darlene Lynch and
For free distribution information visit: http://hsmedia.biz
The poster may be used for fundraising purposes solely if all profits
benefit a host 501 (C) 3 social service organization that formally supports
the NASW Code of Ethics or CSWE Accredited social work program, school
or affiliated organization.
Note: We are curious about how well this distribution approach will work
and also about what people actually do with the poster. We reserve the
right to use your correspondence and the information you provide as data
for our research. We extend the right of confidentiality: Any resulting
datasets or publications will not reveal your name or the specific name
of any host organization without written or verifiable electronic permission.
We'd also appreciate
copies of any unusual variations you produce with the poster such as if
you add art work or put it into some other format besides straight printing
such as tee-shirts or mugs. The mailing address is:
Dr. Bob Vernon
1829 Kessler Blvd. West Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46228
us your request and include the following information:
1. Your name and complete contact information.
2. A brief description about how you plan to use the
3. Your agreement to abide by the conditions above.
4. Your file requirement:
The poster will be sent to you as an attached
Microsoft Word or Rich Text Field file.
Email for a copy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest!
Website © 2002 by Robert Vernon and Darlene Lynch.
All rights reserved. This website and all contents herein are subject
to copyright ownership and intellectual property law. Please contact the
authors for further information concerning use.
Last update: 1 September 2004