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Generalist Practice

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Generalist Practice SOWK 342

Axel Anderson
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Malcolm Scott

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SOWK342 Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities Study Material Chapter 1 of Homan Chapter 1 Understanding the Challenge to Change What is Saul Alinsky saying about social workers and their work to solve systemic problems within communities llSocial work is largely a middle class activity and guided by middle class psychology In the rare instances where it reached the slum dwellers it seeks to get them adjusted to their environment so they will live in hell and like it A higher form of social treason would be difficult to conceive I I What are the necessary 39 to I I39 I I39 U the challenge to change at the organizationalcommunity level Capturing Concepts Consumer recipient patient Citizen Partner Client Member Participant Community Community problems Community Change Community Development Oppression Empowerment Culture Cultural Knowledge Cultural awareness Cultural Sensitivity Cultural Competence Cultural Competency The importance of confronting oppression is discussed but to what end what is the value of such a discussion How is oppression and empowerment linkedconnected and vital iftrue lasting change is to be achieved Oppression is the systematic subjugation of people their rights opportunities hopes and beliefs to benefit the interests of others who have the power to maintain the current state of affairs Empowerment When people feel a greater sense of worth and personal competence and control they recognize that they can participate with others to influence conditions that affect them Empowerment depends on five factors 1 Personal interest or investment in the project a feeling of being an important part of things Belief in the possibility of a successful outcome Development and recognition of individual and group resources PP Recognition of common interests and common risk taking Often we as social workers will encounter resistance to working for change but what are some of the steps you can take to overcome your hesitancy o Confront the source of your concerns 0 Develop support 0 Look at what you have that you can use 0 Remind yourself of why the change is important 0 Take advantage of training opportunities 0 Identify a simple starting point 0 Decide to act 0 Reflect on your actions The United States is considered a pluralistic society however there is much evidence that though legal separation has diminished the racialethnic hierarchy has remained amazingly resilient for more than 150 years What is the value in knowing and understanding this reality when working in organizationcommunity What are some important considerations and ideas you might employ when working with diverse organizationscommunities of color For individual clients interventions are shaped by a particular set of intervention strategies and models Likewise when organizationscommunities become the client what forms do interventionsstrategies and actions take What are the general standards for cultural competence in social work practice 1 They challenge professionals to increase awareness of their own attitudes and practices as well as awareness of conditions that harm or promote cultural respect 2 They require social workers to take a leadership role in promoting the cultural awareness of other professionals Cultural Competence is the capacity to respond appropriately to the various cultural environments in which we may participate enabling us to strengthen our relationships and accomplish our mutual purposes


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