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Question 1 of 15
What is your philosophy towards work?
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A working envrionment encourages personal development and growth. it helps people become more confident and explore new ideas. It creates a base for postive networking and a space for friends and meeting others alike.
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Being able to work is a privilege and being able to perform a job you love helping others is an honor.
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Being in a position to assist in a better quality of life for the clients.
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To assist in a better quality of life for the client.
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Question 2 of 15
What makes you passionate about being a Substance Abuse Social Worker?
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I am very interested in the theories and the research around this topic.
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I am passionate in helping and supporting others problem solve. I like Lifeline's values and mission statement. effective engagement, motivation, exceeding expectations. And working with famiies and individuals in support of recovery, integration and challenging inequalities linked to substance misuse.
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I have a keen interest in bringing the best out of people and feel that by setting achievable goals it can help an individual develop confidence to change.
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To help those who are vulnerable seek their own potential towards change and wellbeing.
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I believe with facilitation everyone has the right to try to reach their potentienl.
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I believe everybody has the capacity to change and it is my job to provide them with the tools to do so.
Question 3 of 15
Why do you want a career as a substance abuse social worker?
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I enjoy supporting others with problem solving. I am enthusiastic team player and I enjoy the variety of work.
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I feel it would provide challenges I would enjoy tackling and the opportunity to build on the experience and skills I already posses.
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To help make a difference and quality of life for clients.
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To motivate people to change and to build on my own professional experience.
Question 4 of 15
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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Addressing the bench in court and dealing with offensive solicitors.
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Lack of support and guidance on certain issues.
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The coordinator did not organize meetings nor create programs for the teens, thus I had to step out of my designator role and propose ideas and take initiative.
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My last position some of the challenges I faced were the services capacity for new referrals. I was able to take on addtional cases though and planned my diary in advance for the extra workload.
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Child protection issues and exploring them with client group as they can be guarded on this subject and find it intrusive.
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Addressing the bench in court and dealing with offensive solicitors.
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Clients lacking motivation and using motivational interviewing techniques to try and build motivation.
Question 5 of 15
What was the last book you read for fun?
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The last book I read for fun was the shopaholic series. I enjoy casual reading like these stories as I socialising.
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The misadventures of a playground mother.
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The misadventures of a playground mother.
Question 6 of 15
If you could, would you choose a different career?
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No. I thrive within the support work career.
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I would choose a different career if I was unable to progress and have no increased responsibilty.
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I have thought about it in the past but been unable to find a job that would present me with the same challenges.
Question 7 of 15
Describe a situation where other people who you were working with did not agree with your ideas. What did you do?
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I listenend to their thoughts and explained mine. We came to a decision that was best for the person concerned.
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I was dealing with a low use cannabis user who lived on his own at 17, when I spoke to a colleague about this they said to report it but I made the decision to speak to complex families and get more support.
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During my role I was creating a toolkit for parents and professionals. My idea was to give an understanding of my role for families and what service I could provide. This was disagreed by my colleague. So, we spoke about the pros and cons and decided to leave the section out incase is caused confusion. However, what we decided to do was explain verbally the services we provide and also ask the question if there was any addtional support they would like us to provide.
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Found research evidence to back up my argument.
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Found research evidence to back up my argument and tried explaining it from a different angle.
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Listened to others and integrated ideas.
Question 8 of 15
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
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I have always learned to prioritise a work load. More important work gets dealt with first. I always make sure my work is completed by deadlines.
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During my work as a sibling support workerDue to the demands of the job I would create a task list of my day's work. this was effecive and enabled me to implement any urgent work that came in throughout my day.
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Yes and I have discussed any problems with my case load with my line manager.
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Yes, but I have learned to prioritise and break down workloads accordingly.
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Of course...... But I priorities.
Question 9 of 15
What excites you the most about a career as a substance abuse social worker?
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I enjoy working with people. I enjoy helping people to achieve goals.
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The challenge of an individual to want to reform and abstain from using substances and rebuild their life.
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I am passionate about support others for a healthier life. I thrive working with challenges and I am motivated to support change.
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The chance to improve peoples lifes.
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Being able to help people identify their inherent potential and good and helping them develop ways to optimise wellbeing.
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Witnessing change in a client.
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The ability to change someones life for the better and their families.
Question 10 of 15
Why are you the best substance abuse social worker for us?
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Because I have the skills and experience you are looking for.
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I am an effective team player and I strive for success. During my work in childrens services I was able to attend a care meeting for a social worker at short notice as an urgent visit had arose. I was able to lead on the care meeting after reading the background of the case. this was effective and the feedback I recieved from the social worker was that I was very professional in my appraoch. I presented very well. My account of the visit was accurate, clear to read and well detailed. from this, I was asked to support further families on the social workers caseload.
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I know my limitations and my responsibilities. Good organisational skills and assessment skills.
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I enjoy working as part of a team and exploring other care ideas ignored to achieve the best outcome for my clients.
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I have a extensive theoretical knowledge base in regards to substance abuse and psycholoy. I strongly belive in a ecological approach, meaning, I believe in working with individuals within their environments. I am hard working and drive, I am objective and can think on my feet.
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Through my experience. Training and congerence.
Question 11 of 15
As a Substance Abuse Social Worker, what do you believe is your best asset?
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My communication skills and ability to engage people.
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I have excellent rappourt building skills. During my work in childrens services. I was able to support a family who were disengaged and dislike towards the team. upon my first contact visit I completed. I was able to build a good trusting relationship. this was positve and the family were more open to working with us. When the case had finished. The feedback I recieved from my team was that the family was a very difficult family to work with and I was able to break down a barrier with them and they were more willing to engage.
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Enthusiastic and flexable.
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Good case management skills.
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I believe my best asset is patience and understanding.
Question 12 of 15
What do you feel is the most important skill a substance abuse social worker should possess?
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Strong communication skills.
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Effective communicator and time manager.
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To build and maintain therapeutic relationships with client group.
Question 13 of 15
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Because I have the skills and attributes.
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I am a strong communicator. I am currently developing my communication skills as I am learing British Sign Language. I am a strong team player. I have been able to support fellow colleagues with work when they have had an urgent call. I have managed this by.
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I am a good communicator. Enthusiastic about my work and enjoy a challenge.
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Because I have the skills and attributes.
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Because of my passion ...... Along with experience and training.
Question 14 of 15
What are your career goals?
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I would like to have increased responsibility and support in development of exsisting and new servicees.
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To develop and expand my current skills and experience. Manage my own caseload.
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I want to become more autonomies.
Question 15 of 15
Are you a people person?
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Yes I am very personable and feel that I engage people well.
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I enjoy support others and creating good rapports. during my previous work with The Mustard Tree I was able to build good rapports with both staff and service users. this was positive and when I went to volunteer after a year, sevice users and staff welcomed me back.
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I enjoy working in a team and developing therapeutic relationships with client group.
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I have good people skills and can develop and maintain therapeutic relationships while maintaining a non-judgemental approach.
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People are the centre of my job and passion.
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I find people and behaviour fasinating.

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