By Carol L. Langer
The social people advisor to integrating conception and practice
Applying thought to Generalist Social paintings Practice teaches aspiring social employees tips to follow thought in genuine global perform. absolutely aligned with the Council on Social paintings Education's 2015 academic coverage and Accreditation criteria, the publication hyperlinks idea to perform with transparent, concise guideline together with a dialogue of evidence-based perform. Twelve commonly-used theories are completely defined, with dialogue of the strengths and boundaries of every, and utilized to genuine paintings with members, teams, households, groups, and firms. The ebook comprises case reviews and first-person contributions from practising social employees to demonstrate the real-world situations within which diversified thoughts practice. serious considering questions aid scholars increase their realizing of the guidelines awarded. instruments together with a try financial institution, PowerPoint slides, and an instructor's handbook can be found to facilitate school room use, delivering a single-volume advisor to the full assisting technique, from engagement to termination.
Practice is a center foundational path for destiny social staff, yet many perform texts concentrate on talents whereas neglecting the theoretical foundation for social paintings. Applying idea to Generalist Social paintings Practice fills that hole by means of masking either talents and concept in one text.
- Examines the functions of triumphing social theories
- Covers the most typical theories utilized in micro, mezzo, and macro practice
- Helps readers comprehend well-established methods like strengths standpoint, humanistic and client-centered, task-centered, and solution-focused short therapy
- Shows how you can observe significant theories together with ecological/system, cognitive/behavioral, clash, empowerment, narrative, hindrance, severe, and feminist
An potent social employee acknowledges the hyperlink among concept and perform, and the way the 2 tell one another to culminate within the most excellent intervention and such a lot optimistic consequence for the buyer. Applying conception to Generalist Social paintings Practice offers scholars with a roadmap to the complete integration of philosophy and alertness in social work.
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Principle 5: Changing one part of a system affects the other parts of and the whole system. Principle 6: Goodness of ﬁt with the environment leads to positive growth and adaptation. Source: Bronfenbrenner, 1979; Germain & Bloom, 1999; Gitterman & Germain, 2008. that is formed through biological, social, or both types of connections and consists of related parts. A social service organization is a system in that it was created for a common purpose and consists of groupings of people who work together to accomplish the agency’s mission.
Systems often exist to accomplish a common purpose. Families, communities, and organizations are examples of systems of interest to social workers. 1 Key Concepts of Ecological and Systems Theories System An organized entity made up of interrelated and interdependent parts Boundaries Barriers that deﬁne a system and distinguish it from other systems in the environment Homeostasis The tendency of a system to resist change and maintain status quo Adaptation The tendency of a system to make the changes needed to protect itself and grow to accomplish its goal Reciprocal Transactions Circular interactions that systems engage in such that they inﬂuence one another Feedback Loop The process by which systems self-correct based on reactions from other systems in the environment Microsystem The system closest to the client Mesosystem Relationships among the systems in an environment Exosystem A relationship between two systems that has an indirect effect on a third system Macrosystem A larger system that inﬂuences clients, such as policies, administration of entitlement programs, and culture Chronosystem A system composed of signiﬁcant life events that can affect adaptation Source: Bronfenbrenner, 1979; Germain & Bloom, 1999; Gitterman & Germain, 2008.
When applying systems theory to family functioning, family therapists often see ﬁrm yet ﬂexible boundaries as ideal (Minuchin, 1974). In this way, the connectedness of the system is fostered through ﬁrm boundaries, yet the feedback in and out of the system is accommodated through ﬂexible or permeable boundaries. If the structure of the system is deﬁned by boundaries, the functioning of the system is determined by rules. Organizations formulate written and unwritten policies and procedures that deﬁne how they conduct their work.
Applying Theory to Generalist Social Work Practice by Carol L. Langer