R A C H E A L J O H N S T O N
I am a third year social work student at the University of Pretoria situated in beautiful South Africa. Social work was not my first choice of study, but after I started with social work there was no looking back. Social work ignited a passion within me, as fast as champagne pushes a piece of cork out of a bottle. I am happy to add that I am a tutor for first and second year students that have social work as a module.
I chose Cork as a metaphor for social work because …
- Cork can be used as a fishing bobber: Social workers help the clients to realise what it is that is dragging them down.
- Corks come in all shapes and sizes: Individual, group and community work as well as our client system.
- Different wines (expensive and inexpensive) make use of corks: Diversity in the client system; and social workers are part of a multi-professional team.
- Cork pin-up boards are used to give information: Social workers make people aware of available resources and contact information.
- Cork is sustainable as they only use the bark on the outside of the tree to make cork and these trees are never cut down: Social workers help clients from being dependent to becoming independent.
- Cork is feathery: Social work’s main goal is to improve the client’s quality of life.
- Cork is used as insulation: Warmth and unconditional positive regard.
- Used to dampen sounds: Social workers serve as a soundboard to the client and listens to what the client has to say.
- Cork stamps: Social work is about thinking outside the box, being creative and being innovative.
- Cork is used in laboratories to prevent gas leaks: Confidentiality.