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by: Irma Brekke


Marketplace > University of Kentucky > Social Work > SW 608 > INTRO TO MSW PRACTICE
Irma Brekke
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This 5 page Class Notes was uploaded by Irma Brekke on Friday October 23, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to SW 608 at University of Kentucky taught by Staff in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 12 views. For similar materials see /class/228167/sw-608-university-of-kentucky in Social Work at University of Kentucky.

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Date Created: 10/23/15
What is Theory How is it used in the Social Work Profession What is Theory A symbol that represents a collection of ideas A principle or framework or perspective used to organize explain or interpret information What is Theory We move through the world with perspective Perspective determines how we interpret information life experiences our own behavior and the behavior of others What is Theory Why is theoretical perspective important in social work Theoretical perspective is important in social work because social work deals with the human condition how humans behavior and react in their environment The more rigorous our perspective the more able we are to understand the human condition The more rigorous our perspective the less unpredictable and chaotic human behavior seems Consequently theory helps us make SENSE of the world What does theory do Theory explains human behavior Example Alcoholism what theories explain alcoholism Theory explains the human condition Disease model and biological models Social Learning theories All have explanations for the human condition of alcoholism Theory explains the human condition Disease model The disease model explains alcoholism as a progressive irreversible incurable disorder that can be arrested by abstinence Hester amp Sheehy 1990 o The disease model describes alcoholism in terms of its symptoms of uncontrollable drinking Theory explains the human condition Most often used in conjunction with the disease model biological models of alcoholism explain alcoholism from a physiological and genetic perspective These models are supported by the higher incidences of alcoholism in the offspring of alcoholics Theory explains the human condition Example continued Alcoholism and Social Learning Theory how might this theory explain alcoholism Theory explains the human condition learned behavior often reinforced by those close to the alcoholic friends and family Peer pressure positive reinforcement for heavy drinking and deficits in coping skills are identified in conditioning and social learning theories of alcoholism Hester amp Sheehy 1990 Theory explains the human condition Social and cognitive theory continued As a result children who grow up in alcoholic families become alcoholic because they have been conditioned or socialized to drink They have learned that it is acceptable behaviorto consume alcohol they have learned to cope with stress through alcohol consumption and they have been allowed to remain comfortable with abuse of alcohol How is Theory used in Social Work Why do we need theory in the social work profession How is it used How is theory used in Social Work Theory is used to direct intervention in practice When social workers understand theory that explains the human condition the intervention that follows must reflect this understanding Theory guides the social worker as to what intervention is best


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