Transactional Theory Of Social Work

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The agency I work for is a large food bank that distributes food to more than 400 food pantries and soup kitchens on Long Island, between Nassau and Suffolk County. The agency is a non-profit organization. In addition to the distribution of food, the agency has several grant-funded programs to serve individuals and families in need. The purpose of the agency is to strive to reduce hunger and food waste on Long Island. In addition to connecting people with food resources, nutrition education and awareness is provided by the agency in various forms. There are programs that feed children when school is not in session, mobile food pantries for Veterans, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Further education and outreach is provided to assist…show more content…
I most often use, and in line with Sara’s case: “The Interactional Theory” and “Strength Based Practice”. “The Interactional Theory” of Social Work is a form of practice used by Social Workers which establishes a working, but most importantly, positive relationship with a client. Shulman, L. (2015). This is similar to the “Contracting” phase but is an ongoing practice used throughout sessions with clients. This is an essential and foundation stage of client sessions, in my opinion. Without gaining the proper trust with a client it may be more difficult to determine their needs. In my field, I’d say telephone sessions can be more challenging in reading people and their expressions. In order to build the trust, I speak with words of positivity and reassurance. “Strength Based Practice” is also an initial approach type method used with clients. This is an approach which encourages people to take charge of their lives with the basis of strength. There are various steps involved in achieving this method, such as: building trust with the client, positively encouraging and empowering the client, laying out a set of goals for the client to work towards their needs and desires, identifying their key motivation and using their own knowledge and experiences to continue encouraging positive change in their life. Hammond, W., Ph.D. (2010) I often use this approach with clients who have overcome a trauma or difficult situation in their life. It is that strength and courage they used to seek support which will lead to their success. This approach worked perfectly with Sara, who felt insecure of what measures to take. She needed the support and reassurance that she can handle her

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