25 terms

GLOSSARY FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

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ACTIVIST
an individual who works to bring about social change.
ADVOCACY
the act of directly representing or defending other
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
based on behavioral psychology, it is the view that all behavior is learned and is controlled by stimuli and consequences
CASE MANAGEMENT
a procedure to plan, seek, and monitor services from a variety of agencies and staff on behalf of a client
CHILD WELFARE
the part of human services and social welfare programs and ideologies oriented toward the protection, care and healthy development of children
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
efforts made by professionals and community residents to enhance the social bonds among members of the community, motivate he citizens for self-help, develop responsible local leadership, and create or revitalize local institutions
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
an intervention process used by social workers and other professionals to help individuals, groups, and collectives of people with common interests or from the same geographic areas to deal with social problems and to enhance social well-being through planned collective action
CONFLICT INDUCTION
issues and value discrepancies are introduced to force members of the group into active confrontation, debate, and new coalition building.
CONSULTATION
an interpersonal relationship between an individual or agency possessing a special expertise
EMPOWERMENT
the process of helping individuals, families, groups, and communities increase their personal, interpersonal, socioeconomic, and political strength and influence toward improving their circumstances.
ENABLER
social worker's orientation toward enhancing the client's ability to solve problems and achieve goals by providing information and access to resources, strengthening coping skills, and changing socioenvironmental conditions that impede the clients process
FACILITATION
the stimulation and mediation of linkages between client systems
FUNCTIONAL APPROACH
in casework, the theory and approach that emphasizes human growth. Primary emphasis is on the agency, not the worker
GRASS-ROOTS ORGANIZING
strategy of helping the members of a neighborhood or geographic region at the local level to develop stronger relationships, common goals, and an organization that will help them achieve those goals
MANAGED CARE
a set of strategies to contain costs in the provision of health care
MEDIATION
intervention in disputes between parties to help them reconcile differences, find compromises, or reach mutually satisfactory agreements
PERMANANCY PLANNING
in child welfare, an effort to provide long-term continuity in dependent children's care as an alternative to temporary foster placements
PLANNER
social worker in community organizing whose primary task is developing strategies for service delivery
POLARIZATION
the dividing of an organization's members due to disputes over an issue, often used purposefully by social workers to encourage stronger rivalries and thus stronger coalitions
PROCESS RECORDING
a method of writing about the social worker-client interactions during the intervention process
PSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACH
in casework, based on psychoanalytic theory, it focuses on person-in-environment with emphasis placed on the client-worker relationship
S 0 A P
a charting method used in a variety of medical and mental health professions to assist workers in organizing information about clients. Stands for: Subject information, Objective information, Assessments, and Plan
SUBSTITUTE CARE SERVICES
in child welfare, services which replace the natural parents either temporarily or permanently such as foster case and adoption
SUPPORTIVE SERVICES
in child welfare, services which are intended to enhance the strengths of the family, including counseling and casework
TASK-CENTERED TREATMENT
model of short-term social work intervention in which the social worker and client identify specific problems and the tasks needed to change these problems Group Therapy
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