Imprisonment can not facilitate young offenders from recognizing their issues, but a timely and appropriate intervention will do that. In order to enter criminal justice system, social workers should have a sound knowledge of legal system and justice system related to social work practice, also the basic social work skills and values can not be ignored. Particularly in the field of rehabilitation in justice system, social workers need to enhance their skills of designing and implementing various services or programs. It seems that social work and the justice system are going to have a new partnership that focuses on the transformation of individuals. The partnership social work and the justice system can provide needed services to offenders and victims.
Social norms are rules and regulations that society is supposed to live by and if one goes against them, they are sanctioned. For instance, going against these norms and expectations one might not be able to handle the sanction that follows and give them anxiety which would lead to them feeling like an outcast and not enough. These types of problems are showcased throughout the book whenever there is a confrontation with Emma Lou’s family and other members of the community; however they are put in a situation where they can either defend Emma Lou or discriminate against her too and accept all the criticism and that is what they choose to do because they too, don't want to be outcasted. During Thurman’s life, he never fit in properly in his community, he was treated as a wallflower, never interacting with anyone because of his fear of rejection. One cannot blame him for not ever desiring to have friends because nobody in his community had anything judicious to say, Thurman thought it was because he wasn’t “black enough” (Ganter).
The article was the “Weick Article,” it made me look at a different perspective when Ann Weick goes on to explain how the true meaning of social work is not just about loving people. It is about helping everyone no matter who it is and making them a better individual for themselves. On page 3, the article states ”The underlying purpose of all social work effort is to release human power in individuals for personal fulfillment and social good”. This makes people who feel like they have no power over situations and
I bring this up to show the disconnect from my generation to hers my definition of hardship is totally different from hers. She had to deal with possibly losing her life while I have to worry about much less pressing matters. While there is a disconnect between the level of oppression I must acknowledge the fact the connect that is there. Without her generations and the one before her sacrifice, my life wouldn 't be so simple. With all that being said the younger and older generation need to find a way to come together to share their knowledge and experiences to continue to progress society for the better.
Since no person including the therapists/clinician are not clear/free of bias, it best for a social worker to be careful not to rely on stereotypes in a well-meaning attempt to be culturally sensitive. Rather she/he need to educate herself/himself about the experiences of individuals from diverse backgrounds. To become aware of the ways in which their own history, beliefs, values, and experiences have shaped them, and to proactively invite conversation about cultural differences in Cognitive Therapy. It is also best to keep in mind that even if people are from the same cultural, it does not mean their beliefs and values etc., would be identical from their family or culture. Social workers are face with complex situation always and its best to educated ourselves to the best of our abilities to help assist our clients.
It poses as a big challenge for social work practice as social workers might find it difficult to develop a relationship with a client who comes from a disadvantaged community with pessimistic attitude towards the services. Language Barrier Sometimes, indigenous clients especially the ones living in remote areas face problems in understanding the language used by non-indigenous social workers. Basel Al-Sheikh Hussein has described The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis as the speakers of different languages think and perceive reality in different ways and that each language has its own world view (Hussein & Al-Sheikh 2012). The hypothesis is relevant in the context as to why sometimes non-indigenous social workers have difficulties in understanding indigenous clients. Other Challenges: Remoteness & Delay in Seeking
Our elderly teaches us to be obedient, but disobedience is a virtue proving one's ability to stand against a wrong. Oscar Wilde argues that disobedience is a valuable human trait that can create social progress. Disobedience is necessary to make changes within ourselves or amongst our community. For example, Martin Luther King Jr. served as leader in his community and argued that civil disobedience was one way to change the laws and feelings being set against colored people. King believed in order to get his point across was by taking action, but he did not want violent protests and the use of physical force.
So, if people were not subordinate, there’d be no need to seek rewards or avoid punishment. This would allow people to break the law, not follow simple instructions, and break any rules set upon them. Further, this would stop them from doing their job or behaving correctly if there were no rewards or punishments. However, complete obedience may not be beneficial for society either. If every person in society did everything they were told to do by a superior, the results would most likely turn out not as expected.
Professional conflict in distribution of increasingly scarce resources can also occur. Where any conflict occurs, it is vital to involve the service user in discussion of what their needs are rather than making judgement. Never abuse power, instead take practical and logical steps to make ethical decisions. It is important for Social Workers, or any professional, working in a mental health setting, to be conscious of differences in values, beliefs and morals and the values of the service user should be placed at the centre of policy and practice. This practice can be guided by the following three values-based principles outlined by Mental Health England : • Recognition that not everyone holds the same values and beliefs.
If you do not actively follow the 5 care principles and actively promote anti discrimination. Health and social care professionals will then be drawn into the discrimination. Health and social care professionals need to discuss this with their manager or another person that they trust within the work setting. This is if the health and care professional does not feel that they, themselves cannot challenge the discrimination. Reporting also helps support it as this is challenging the anti discriminatory practice.