Intro to Social Work

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Generalist Practice Definition

The application of an eclectic knowledge base, professional values, and a wide range of skills to target systems of any size for change within the 4 processes

4 generalist practices

1. Client Empowerment, organizational structure, wide range of professional roles, and critical thinking applied to the planned change process

Homeostasis

meaning the tendency for a system to maintain balance/stable

5 things that make social work unique.

1. Focus on ANY problem
2.Target the environment for change
3. Need to advocate
4. Core of professional values
5. Partnership with clients empowering them to make their own decisions

System

set of elements that are orderly and interrelated to make a functional whole.

System Perspective

focuses on interaction between individual and the environment

Equifinality

many different ways to solve a problem

Client Systems

individual, family, group, organization, community that will benefit for s.w. intervention

change agent system

individual who initiates planned change process

action system

group working to obtain proposed change

System Theory

provides s.w. with a conceptual perspective that can guide how they view the world

4 social work purpose

1. enhance problem solving/coping capacities

2. link ppl with systems that provide resources,services,opportunities
3.promote effective operation of systems
4.contribute to development/improvement of social policy
MEANING S.W. IS TO HELP PEOPLE IN NEED BY ANY ETHICAL MEANS POSSIBLE

Ecological Perspective

uses an approach of a person-in-environment focus meaning it sees people as constantly interacting with various systems around them(improve interactions)

Energy

natural power of active envolvement

Input

form of energy coming into a persons life

output

form of energy going out of a persons life

micro

individual,, personal characteristics and experiences

mezzo

interactions with other people in the immediate environment

macro

interactions with large groups, organizations, and systems

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