Courtney & Specht, Week 1
Courtney & Specht, Week 1 T SOCW 501
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Courtney & Specht Week 1 10112015 What is the difference between Social workers are concerned with “enabling people to make use of social and social work and psychotherapy? community resources: their families, voluntary associations, public services, friends, and so forth.” (P. 3). “Psychotherapists are concerned primarily with helping patients deal with problems that are intimately related to their selves. The psychotherapist helps the patient to increase selfesteem—to have higher regard for the self and to care for and protect the self in dealings with other people.” (P.3). Social workers are hurting their practice by not putting enough emphasis on community as a source of intervention and healing for clients. I disagree. “Americans are fair and generous people, responsive to appeals for charity… But, paradoxically perhaps, Americans turn away from relentless, enduring, grinding, persistent need.” (P. 5). “Social work… was founded on a strong belief in the perfectibility of society.” (P. 7) What’s the difference between American society responds to social responsibility depending on the recipients of “worthy poor” and “unworthy social and government assistance. If they see someone as “worthy poor”—people poor”? who cannot care for themselves” such as “the frail aged, the orphaned, and the severely disabled”—they are more understanding. If they see someone as “unworthy poor”—“[seemingly] ablebodied men and women” such as those who “are homeless, mentally ill, and addicted to drugs” as well as those that seem “just plain unwilling to work”—they are less understanding. However, there is a level of reluctance either way because of the widely held belief that helping others will cause them to become dependent on this help and less willing to help them selves even when they are or become able to do so. (P. 9) The presumption that social work is losing itself in psychotherapy is incorrect. While the two may influence each other, their reasons for existing will always keep them separate. Moreover, social work will continue to sustain itself. As long as people need help in a human service capacity, social work will continue to provide specific resources that other fields cannot.
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