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Week 1-2 Notes

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Week 1-2 Notes SOCW 100

Miranda Kellner

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These notes cover ethics and the first week of class.
Professor Gebhardt
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ethics, values
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Date Created: 09/06/16
08.24 Purpose of Social Work – Facilitate change (we HELP, we don’t do FOR)  Enhance human well­being  Help meet basic needs of all people  Pay special attention to the needs and empowerment of the most vulnerable, the  oppressed, and those living in poverty P.I.E. = Person In Environment What’s Empowerment?! Having personal and sociopolitical dimensions Personal Empowerment = individual grown & heightened self­esteem Interpersonal Empowerment = altering relationships that cause oppression & cause  damage to individuals Political Empowerment = collective action against oppression Connection between private troubles and public issues Private troubles = individual level & affects only a few (i.e. losing a job or house) Public issues = affects many (i.e. factory shuts down because of economy, many lose  their jobs) Private troubles translate into public issues If empowerment is the heart of social work, social justice is its soul Social Justice When all members of a society share equally in the social order, secure an equitable  consideration for access to resources and opportunities, and enjoy the full benefits of civil liberties. Basically free from the ‘isms’ Social Welfare – It’s bigger than a group of people.  It’s provisions that benefit all of us Social Work has a HUGE field of practice 08.29 Social work has ethics.  Social work has lots of stuff they have to follow. We follow the NASW (National  Association of Social Workers) Code of Ethics.  When it comes to quiz time, you need to pay attention to each of the multiple­choice  questions. (NASW stands for…) NASW Code of Ethics (10 Principles) What is Right ­ a lot of these have to do with feelings and attitudes and emotions Acceptance – we need to get to know their ethics and their values, understanding their  perspective and world views, maybe we don’t agree with them (and we don’t have to) but we have to protect them Individualization – we start where the client is, not where we think we want them to be Purposeful expression of feelings – be conscious about what your facial expressions show Non­judgmental attitude – there is no guilt or innocence, no matter what you are seeing  them for. You are there to better the situation they are in.  Objectivity – you are objective when you are talking to your client. You may have a  client that comes to you whom you already have strongly values against what they have  done. You are not taking past experiences with clients who have experienced the same  situations.  Controlled Emotional Involvement – one of the hardest ethics to learn and abide by. You  are not overly cold to an individual; you are not overly involved emotionally with the  individual. Comes down to empathy. What is the difference between sympathy and  empathy? Sympathy is the feeling bad for them; empathy is putting yourself in their  shoes. Brené Brown on Empathy  Youtube. Empathy is a very big piece of this. You are going to disagree with a lot of your clients, but you work with them empathetically.  Self­Determination – your clients get the choices to do what they want to do and where  they want to go. If they are harming a child, we are mandatory reporters.  Access to Resources – you need access to resources to build someone up. Feelings of  being able to do more for themselves.  Confidentiality – this is hard. You can’t even tell your spouse things about your clients,  you can only generalize it. Therapists even have therapists.  Accountability – we have to be accountable to ourselves and whatever agency we are  working for.  Values (6) What directs our behavior Service – service to others above our own self­interest. We are at the end of the line.  Social Justice – bottom line is that we are always fighting the social INjustices (poverty,  underemployment, unemployment, discrimination) Dignity and Word of the Person – every person deserves dignity, every person deserves  respect. I don’t care what your crime was, you deserve my respect.  Importance of Human Relationships – we all have to have relationships, we need  connections/people in our life, we cannot function without it Integrity – honesty, show yourself to be trustworthy, don’t make promises you can’t keep to anyone Competence – working within your area of expertise (an area where you have  competence). I can’t call myself a therapist, because I am not licensed. I don’t do therapy. Can I practice within domestic violence? I can do that because I have had years and years of experience. But individual counseling I can’t, it’s not within my competence. I do  trainings, I teach a class, you’re always giving back to the profession itself.  Problems You Could Face Receiving Gifts  ­ What ethics would that be a concern of? Objectivity, access to resources,  controlled emotional involvement  ­ What values might you be running up against? ­ You might be able to have more clarity through the agency you work with, but you might be insulting them by rejecting their gifts ­ What do you do? Involuntary Commitment ­ If someone is going to harm themselves or another person, you have to get someone (police) right away ­ Cupping and coining can look like abuse, but it’s a cultural practice ­ We have to be aware of these things in our profession if working with certain populations Breaches of Confidentiality with Minor Clients ­ You can’t tell my mom ­ We don't get to keep confidentiality with little ones Commission of Illegal Acts ­ There is no straight cut clear answer ­ Depends on what they are sharing with you ­ These are dilemmas we have to consider Interacting on Social Media ­ Less than 20 years ago, it was against the law to email a client, now we do it all the time ­ Facebook? What Do You Do?! ­ Examining personal, societal, agency, client and professional values ­ Think about the NASW Code of Ethics ­ Hypothesize about the consequences of different decisions ­ Identify – who will benefit? Who will be harmed? ­ Consult with supervisor and colleagues Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care  Youtube Values Paper: do not have a cover page, name, title, date enter twice, change to double space, leave the font at 12, start your paper


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