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Who are Social Workers?
People with a degree in social work (BSW or MSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
SOWO is an art that uses
- creative intervention
- original judgment
- all aspects of self
Methods of practice
Preparing social worker
-to work with clients of varying ages, social class, cultures
-with the values to accept and deal with all people
-with the skills to work in any system
inclusive world view
-affirming, not separate
-transformational (people can change)
-recognition of excluded groups
-making historical reality visible
-supporting a cause or issue
-the means through which social workers:
-help clients achieve self-sufficiency
-help society relieve oppression
-help the social work profession achieve status & power
-essential for growth
-dependence is healthy
-people provide support to each other
-social workers work within relationships
personal as political
personal issues and problems often result from social/institutional arrangements
Friedlander's definition of social work
a profession that helps individuals, groups and communities reach the highest possible degree of social, physical, and mental well-being (enhance social functioning)
enhance social functioning
-restore ability to function or cope (empowerment)
-provide individual or social resources
-prevention of social problems
-improving social conditions
-achieving social justice and equality
-people work to meet needs any way they can
-if large numbers of people can't meet needs, society must decide whether or not to help
-social workers work to meet needs through the social welfare system
-social welfare most likely to help meet physiological needs
social welfare system
-societal response to need
-policies and procedures to meet minimum level of well-being
-focus: strengthen families, strengthen individual capacity to cope, solve social problems
residual view of social welfare
back up when other systems break down: selective eligibility and stigma
institutional view of social welfare
normal systems of industrialized society: universal eligibility
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