Contemporary Practice Approach Social work has been known to be a caring profession that provides services and solutions to some of the problems that people and groups in the society might be suffering from. Social work is about helping make a change in the society with the bettering of the oppressed and ignored lives through the provision of life’s basic facilities and amenities (Watson & West, 2006). One of the theories that social workers apply most in their duties is that of Anti-Oppressive Practice model whose main focus is on the fight against oppression in the society. It does this by looking at the effects that the oppression may have on the individuals, groups, and institutions. In the society, the anti-oppressive model works by aiming at the promotion of non-oppressive and equal relations between individuals and groups of different class sand social status.
Social Justice and Advocacy Social justice and advocacy represents a complex approach in counseling, whereas counselors attempt to promote human growth and development and the societal well-being by attending to the challenges associated with both individual and societal issues. Advocacy embraces empowerment of the individual and out-groups as well as opposition to the injustices and inequalities in society, as they affect the client. According to Sue and Sue (2016), counselors must attend to four significant principles: equity, access, participation and harmony. 1) Equity is the fair circulation of resources, privileges, and responsibilities to all people. 2) Access refers to the ability of all people to engage the resources, services, information, and power to aid in their personal growth and well-being.
Personal Identity and Managing Personal Values Who I identify as, the groups that I belong to, and the values I have will knowingly and unknowingly attach a level of privilege and power that can and will impact my professional identity and the work I do as a professional. The purpose of this paper is to examine how my identity could impact my work as a social worker, how my personal values conflict with my professional values, and to recall a time when I reduced the participation in oppression. The groups of which I belong can impact my ability to help individuals and communities in a number of ways. I identify as a mixed race, both Mexican and Caucasian, straight female. These four identities are groups that I feel I have a belonging to on
Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice The social work profession and its Code of Ethics dictate that social workers must act in the best interest of the client, even when those actions challenge the practitioner’s personal, cultural and religious values. In practice; however, ethical decision-making is more complex than in theory. As helping professionals, social workers are constantly faced with ethical decision-making or ethical dilemmas. As noted by Banks (2005), an ethical dilemma occurs “when a worker is faced with a choice between two equally unwelcome alternatives that may involve a conflict of moral principles, and it is not clear what choice will be the right one” (as cited in McAuliffe & Chenoweth, 2008, p. 43). In addition, ethical
The Code provides moral standards to which the general public can take the social work profession responsible. 5. The Code socializes practitioners new to the area of social work's mission, values, ethical principles, and ethical standards. 6. The Code articulates standards that the social work profession itself can use to assess whether social workers have engaged in unethical conduct.
The first one is the fact that people cannot be think as separate from their relationships. Since relationships are one of the core factors in our life, it would be inevitable to be effected by them in different ways. The way we chose to deal with these relationships may be maladaptive and we need to learn a better way of dealing. PIT enables the therapist and patient to work on the present feelings and thoughts, which may arise in current therapeutic relationship. Even if these feelings and thoughts appears in the therapy sessions, they are also patterns of thinking and feeling in real life settings.
In addition, the reader learns Antigone’s views on Thebes’s laws versus the laws of justice. Antigone is a courageous hero in the play who as an obligation to the gods over her responsibility to the state. Furthermore, Antigone is willing to suffer extensive consequences in order to do what is morally right, whether it is going against Kreon’s wishes. In this paper, I will determine how Antigone and Kreon are both destroyed by the power of law and how Antigone attempts to get around the Kreon’s rigid laws. To establish this, first I will examine Antigone’s view on the laws Kreon’s laws and the divine laws throughout the play.
According to Kaushik (2017), National Association of Social Workers (NAWS) emphasised that self-awareness is significant in culturally competent social work practice as one way of respecting the importance of multicultural identities in people’s lives. By enhancing the social workers’ self-awareness, they would develop a better understanding of how their thoughts towards certain issues including corporal punishment, came about. For example, they will realise that living in different countries give them different experiences and in turn this influence their attitudes. Thus, the skill of self-awareness enables the social workers to understand how past experiences are affecting their approach to understanding differences. Social Work Skills: Empathy Empathy is an important skill for without it social workers would be unable to fully understand the other party’s point of view in each situation (Ruben,
The next major responsibility is the understanding of the organic inferiority. According to Gehart (2013) it is important because while it aim is to preserve the self, it preserves the self-interest through engaging in social interest. For instance, the biological inferiority, come into play as it addresses being part of a larger group. The larger group promotes survival. The cosmic inferiority is the understanding of existence and death.
Empathic solidarity applies to me because I am a very empathetic person. Although Sarah Banks believes that empathy on its own is not enough, that it needs to lead to the development of a sense of solidarity and commitment to collective action for social change. she went further and said that empathic solidarity require abilities of critical analysis and a hopeful attitude which involves viewing the bigger picture, questioning received ideas and seeing the possibility for another kind of world. This is where I need more interpersonal skills because there are more to the skills I thought I already had”. (Banks, S. 2012 p.
Society itself is working in contradiction to the protagonist’s aims and aspirations. The responder can develop a superior knowledge of dystopian societies through the comparison of Victor Kelleher’s novel ‘Taronga’ and Neil burgers Film ‘Divergent’, as both can be perceived as instable tales. This reveals the destruction of society’s values by one individual; they are compelled to confront the brutality, fear, and misuse of power that results.
What is the planned change process? Planned change process is a strategy where changing a condition, pattern of behavior, or situations in a way that will improve a client 's ability to interact in social settings. According to the table on page 119 of the textbook, the foundation for generalist social work practice is to engage, assess, plan, implement, evaluate, and terminate. Engagement is when they see a problem and establish communication to try resolving a problem. Assessment is when a practitioner contains a rough image of their clients ' strenghths and needs.
I believe the six core values of the NASW code of Ethics, although the most germane to me, if I was a social worker, would dignity and worth of the person. Many times a client may feel embarrassed or self-blame in their situation. As social workers, it is important to empower our clients. When talking to a client, it is important to refer to them as a survivor rather than a victim. In the article, it explains techniques to identify and express feelings.
More specifically, by using the two theories together, both the complexities of an individual’s relation with the structural systems of oppression and power can be uncovered, and their personal experience with oppression and power in relation to their unique social interactions and experiences can be understood. Consequently, using intersectionality and life course theory is useful in informing my social work practice in challenging oppression and inequality. The use of intersectionality is crucial in challenging oppression and inequality, as it tackles it from an institutional level. Jones (2000) describes how it is first important to address “instructional racism”, to tackle “personally mediated” and “internalized racism” (pp. 1212 &1213).
Ethnomethology refers to the research method focused on the way that participants in a social setting create and sustain a sense of reality. Many of Boas’ ideologies revolved around his concerns of how the varied individual and cultural characteristics of a group affected their perceptions of reality (Moberg, 2013, 142). This methodology shows in his discussions on how one culture cannot be generalized or diminished by another. He viewed culture as being undefinable in the idea that it can be defined through the discerning lens of a ‘higher’ culture’s views. A culture’s qualities must be