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Intro To Social Work Lecture 1

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Intro To Social Work Lecture 1 Social Work 3100

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Week 1 Lecture 1-Social Work Intro.
Intro to Strategic Social Work Practice
Linda Vawter
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Date Created: 05/29/16
Intro to Social Work Profession 3100-Summer 2016  What’s a Profession? o Requires extensive training of an intellectual character o Services are vital to society’s well-being o Practitioners usually have a high degree of autonomy in deciding how to carry out the job o Must undergo a process of certification or licensing by the state in order to be eligible to carry out certain tasks or provide certain services  How is Social Work a Profession? o It meets all the criteria of a profession, particularly with regard to promoting the well-being of individuals and society as a whole o Historically, social workers have viewed the world through a unique conceptual lens o This lens involves viewing the simultaneous and multiple interactions that occur between a person and his/her environment o We can describe environment in the literal sense, or we can think of environment as “situation” or “context” o Social work is an applied social-ecological psychology because social workers are interested in the pragmatic application of principles drawn from psychology, social psychology, ecological psychology, and sociology  The Big 4 in Mental Health o Medicine o Psychology o Nursing (MSW or higher) o Social Work (MSW or higher)  Social Work and Social Justice o Agree to abide by the Code of Ethics of NASW 24/7 o Be diligent in your coursework and professional training o Expect only the best of yourself o Challenge your personal biases, move beyond your own comfort zone, cultivate respect for others, and seek social justice for everyone o As a profession, social work has always been a champion of the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized, and the “untouchables” in society o Respect human diversity  Generalist social work practice o Is evidence based professional practice engaged in without discrimination o Entails working directly with client systems (individuals, couples, families, agencies, organizations, communities and larger human systems) o Predicated upon the professional knowledge, skills, values and ethics of the social work profession to provide integrated multilevel approaches o Emphasizes the importance of relationships and interactions of client systems, their environments, the issues that make them diverse, and the larger context of social and historic events 2 o Connects clients to resources and enhances the responsiveness of resource systems to the needs of the clients o Guided by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  Social Work Competencies o All social work programs evaluate learning outcomes with regard to what are called “social work competencies” o A competency is the capacity or ability to perform a specific task o The only problem with the competency approach is that one can administer a service competently, the service itself may not be effective o This is why the social work profession places so much emphasis not only on evidence-based practice, but also practice-based evidence o Identify as a professional social worker and behave accordingly o Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice o Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments o Engage diversity and difference in practice o Advance human rights and social and economic justice o Engage in research-informed practice and practice- informed research 3 o Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment o Engage. Assess. Intervene. Evaluate. With individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.  Engagement o Use empathy and other interpersonal and culturally competent skills for agreed-on focus of work with individuals, families, groups organizations and communities  Assessment o Collect, organize, and interpret client data o Assess client strengths and limitations and develop mutually agreed-on and appropriate intervention strategies  Intervention o Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities o Help clients resolve problems and develop mutually agreed upon intervention goals and objectives o Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients  Evaluation o Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions 4


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