Social Work And Social Reform Abramowitz Analysis

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In the article “Social Work and Social Reform: An Arena struggle”, Abramowitz talks about the history and importance of being a social worker. Abramowitz mentions the history of activism, social reforms, and the political climate. Abramowitz believes social workers have lost their roots of activism. According to Abramowitz, the 1994 CSWE Curriculum Policy Statement and the 1996 NASW Code of Ethnics, helped to improve the social condition as one way for social work to honor its primary obligation to individual and community welfare. The Charity Organization society movement arrived to the United States in 1870’s. The COS movement blamed poverty towards a persons failure. “COS introduced the principles of scientific charity to the provision…show more content…
Abramowitz argues about social workers having the lack of activism. To be a social worker, you have to meet an individual needs and engage in the social change, In many cases, social workers have to choose between helping their client or challenging the status quo. In this article, Abramowitz gives a brief explanation in the history about how social workers responded towards The Great Depression. The Great Depression occurs in 1930, which created a huge collapse in the economy and unemployment. Many social workers went from working in private agencies, to working with public agencies to help the people suffering from poverty. “1000 social workers took jobs in public sectors, they fought to train caseworkers and otherwise improve the public sector service”(Abramowitz, 1998, p.513.) Social workers as a change agent, aim to make a change and in this case, social workers were helping the people suffering from poverty. These challenges facilitate social workers to have an impact towards the people. This can also relate to person in environment, “Social workers realize that they must pay attention to the environment in which people live, and they work to change the environment so that if functions more effectively for individuals, families, and communities”(Segal, Gerdes, Steiner, 2014, p.7). In this case, many social workers in the great…show more content…
When I first decided I wanted to pursuit my education in becoming a social worker, I was aiming to work only with children. After reading certain chapters in “An Introduction To Profession of Social Work”, I became much more interest in working with the Latino community I grew up in. The major concern my community has suffered for many years has to be the lack of resources. While growing up in La Villita, being able to speak to a bilingual social worker was very difficult, many social workers were only English speakers. The lack of bilingual social workers in a Hispanic community is a huge problem. This may sound like a small issue, but when a non-English speaker has to wait triple the time to speak to a bilingual social worker, it becomes discouraging. After I am done with school, I would like to focus my social work field in my old community by providing different recourses. Even though I know it would be much more challenging trying to provide resources to immigrants, but if their children are United States citizens, I would be able to provide the family with many resources. These issues are important to me because as a daughter of immigrant parents, my parents were never given enough resources or help they needed while trying to raise me in a very poor neighborhood. Helping the community by providing families with
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