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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