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Surrogate motherhood
A surrogate gives birth to a baby conceived by artificial insemination; at birth the surrogate mother terminates her parental rights; and the child is then legally adopted by the sperm donor and his wife
Social worker
Graduates of schools of social work (with either bachelor's or master's degrees), who use their knowledge and skills to provide social services for clients, as defined by the National Association of Social Workers
Social work
The professional activity of helping individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities to enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and to create societal conditions favorable to their goals; requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social, economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors
Social insurance programs
Programs financed by taxes on employees, employers, or both
Social Darwinism
The concept that it was far better for society to allow the poor the weak to perish than to sustain their existence and encourage their proliferation through government-supported programs
Serial marriages
A pattern of successive, temporary marriages
Residual view
Asserts that social welfare services should be provided only when an individual's needs are not properly met through other societal institutions; has been characterized as "charity for unfortunates"
Public assistance programs
Benefits in these programs are paid from general government revenues and have a means test for applicants
Protestant ethic
Emphasized the importance of hard work and asserted that it was morally wrong to engage in pleasurable activities of any kind
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
Passed in 1996; ended the 60-year-old Aid to Families of Dependent Children (AFDC) and replaced it with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Open marriage
The partners are free to have extramarital relationships or sex without betraying one another
Liberals
People who tend to believe that change is generally good, adhere to an institutional view of social welfare, and view the family as an evolving institution
Laissez-faire economic theory
Asserts the economy and society in general would best prosper if businesses and industries were permitted to do whatever they desired to make a profit
Human services
A broader term than social work because it includes services such as library services, law enforcement, housing-code enforcement, consumer protection, and fire prevention and firefighting that are usually not considered social welfare services
Embryonic stem cells
come from the inner cell mass of a blastocyst, the term for a fertilized egg 4 days after conception
Devolution revolution
Decisions about the provision of key social welfare programs are being transferred from the federal government to the state level
Developmental view
A process of planned social change designed to promote the well-being of the population as a whole in conjunction with a dynamic process of economic development
Conservatives
People who tend to resist change, generally view individuals as autonomous, advocate a residual approach to social welfare programs, and revere the "traditional" nuclear family and try to devise policies to preserve it
Comarital sex
Mate swapping and other organized extramarital relations in which both spouses agree to participate
Cognitive disability
A disability characterized by significantly subaverage intellectual functioning existing concurrently with related limitations in two or more of the following applicable adaptive skill areas: communication, self-care, home living, social skills, community use, self-direction, health and safety, functional academics, leisure, and wor
Cloning
The process whereby a new organism is reproduced from the nucleus of a single cell
Chorionic villi sampling (CVS)
This test helps identify certain fetal abnormalities, It is a prenatal technique that involves taking a sample of cells from the chorionic villus and analyzing it for birth defects
Blended families
Two families joined by the marriage of one parent to another
Biochemical genetics
The discipline that studies the mechanisms whereby genes control the development and maintenance of the organism
Behavior specialist
A social worker who can systematically apply behavior modification principles
Artificial insemination-husband (AIH)
The sperm donor is the woman's husband
(AID)
The sperm donor is someone other than the husband
Amniocentesis
A genetic screening procedure in which a hollow needle is inserted through the abdominal wall and uterus of a pregnant female to obtain amniotic fluid for the determination of chromosomal abnormality. It is a test for prenatal detection of Down syndrome, other chromosome defects, and some metabolic disorders
Administration
Work that involves directing the overall program of a social service agency
Case management
A procedure to plan, seek, and monitor services from a variety of agencies and staff on behalf of a client; usually one agency takes primary responsibility for the client and assigns a person in this role, who coordinates services, advocates for the client, and sometimes controls resources and purchases services for the client
Charity Organization Society (COS)
An English innovation brought to Buffalo, New York, in 1877, when private agencies joined together to provide direct services to individuals and families, and to plan and coordinate the efforts of these agencies to combat the pressing social problems of cities
Commission on Global Social Work Education
A commission of the Council on Social Work Education that is composed of educators from around the country who are actively involved in teaching international content and initiating cross-national exchange programs
Community organization
Work that is aimed at stimulating and assisting the local community to evaluate, plan, and coordinate efforts to provide for the community's health, welfare, and recreation needs
Council on Social Work Education
The national accrediting entity for baccalaureate and master's programs in social work—requires all undergraduate and graduate programs to train their students in generalist social work practice
Ecological approach
An approach to human behavior that integrates both treatment and reform by conceptualizing and emphasizing the dysfunctional transactions between people and their physical and social environments
Family therapy
A type of group therapy aimed at helping families with interactional, behavioral, and emotional problems
Group therapy
Work that is aimed at facilitating the social, behavioral, and emotional adjustment of individuals through the group process
Group work
Social work that seeks to facilitate the intellectual, emotional, and social development of individuals through group activities
Human rights
The basic civil rights recognized in democratic constitutions, such as life, liberty, and personal security; freedom from arbitrary arrest, detention, or exile; the right to fair and public hearings by impartial tribunals; freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; and freedom of peaceful association, as well as economic, social, and cultural rights such as the right to work, education, and social security; to participate in the cultural life of the community; and to share in the benefits of scientific advancement and the arts
Identity formation
The process of determining who you are and what you want out of life
International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
Promotes social work education and the development of high-quality educational programs around the world
international Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
Comprised of more than 50 professional membership associations
New York Charity Organization Society
The first organization to offer training courses for social work
Settlement houses
Workers lived in the impoverished neighborhoods and sought to improve conditions by using change techniques that are now referred to as social group work, social action, and community organization
Social casework
Social work aimed at helping individuals on a one-to-one basis to resolve personal and social problems
Society for the Prevention of Pauperism
An early social welfare organization, founded in 1820 by John Griscom, that was established to investigate the habits and circumstances of the poor, suggest plans by which the poor could help themselves, and encourage the poor to save and economize
Strengths perspective
Seeks to identify, use, build, and reinforce the abilities and strengths that people have in contrast to the pathological perspective, which focuses on their deficiencies
Absolute confidentiality
Confidentiality in which disclosures made to the professional are not shared with anyone else, except when authorized by the client in writing or required by law
Accountability
The process of evaluating the effectiveness of service programs
Ad hoc committee
A group, like a task force, set up for one purpose and usually ceases functioning after completion of its task
Board of directors
An administrative group charged with responsibility for setting the policy that governs agency programs
Committee
A group formed to deal with specific tasks or matters within an agency or organization
Community practice
The process of stimulating and assisting the local community to evaluate, plan, and coordinate its efforts to provide for the community's health, welfare, and recreation needs; various labels of practice include: social planning, community planning, locality development, community action, social action, macro practice, community organization, and community development
Confidentiality
The implicit or explicit agreement between a professional and a client to maintain the privacy of information about the client
Education groups
The focus of such groups is for members to acquire knowledge and learn more complex skills
Family sculpting
An assessment tool that involves a physical arrangement of the members of a family, with the placement of each person determined by an individual family member acting as director; the resulting tableau represents that person's symbolic view of family relationships
Generalist practice
The equivalent of general practice in medicine, with a wide repertoire of skills needed to deal with basic conditions, backed up by specialists to whom referrals are made
I-messages
Nonblaming messages that communicate only how the sender believes the receiver is adversely affecting him or her
Individualization
Viewing and treating each person as unique and worthwhile
Locality development model
A model of community organization that asserts that community change can best be brought about through broad-based participation by a wide spectrum of people at the local community level (also called community development)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
An organization formed in 1955 that represents the social work profession in this country
Organization
A group of individuals gathered together to serve a particular purpose
Problem-solving and decision-making groups
Might be viewed as a subcategory of tasks groups; each participant often has some interest or stake in the process
Recreation groups
Groups that provide activities for enjoyment and exercise
Recreation-skill group
Group whose objective is to improve a set of skills while at the same time providing enjoyment
Relative confidentiality
Confidentiality in which case records are often shared with other team professionals and supervisors; most social work practice follows this type of confidentiality
Self-help groups
Voluntary, small group structures for mutual aid and the accomplishment of a special purpose
Sensitivity groups
Encounter groups, T (training)-groups, and sensitivity training (these terms are used somewhat synonymously) refer to group experiences in which people relate to one another in an intimate manner requiring self-disclosure
Social action model
A type of community organization that assumes that there is a disadvantaged (often oppressed) segment of the population that needs to be organized to pressure the power structure for increased resources or for social justice
Social conversation groups
Conversation in these groups is often loose and tends to drift aimlessly; there is no formal agenda; they are often used for testing purposes
Social justice
An ideal condition in which all members of a society have the same basic rights, protection, opportunities, obligations, and social benefits
Social planning model
A model of community organization that emphasizes the process of problem solving; assumes that community change is a complex industrial environment
Socialization groups
These groups generally seek to change members' attitudes and behaviors to a more socially acceptable direction
Task force
A group established for a special purpose; usually disbanded after the task is completed
Task groups
Exist to achieve a specific set of tasks or objectives
Therapy groups
Generally composed of members with rather severe emotional or personal problems