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Discussion - Week 5   Actions for Content Page Grading Information Refresh Show Search Content Select:   All   None List Actions Message Actions Expand All Collapse All 48 Post(s) in this Thread 0 Unread posted 4 years ago (last edited 3 years ago) Anonymous Discussion - Week 5 COLLAPSE Community Social Work When was the last time you drove through an unfamiliar neighborhood or community? How quickly did you identify that area as a “good” or “bad” part of town? What led you to that assessment? It is easy to label a community or town based on its appearance or reputation alone. Have you ever wondered, as you drove through certain communities, why some areas appear to be safe, clean, and filled with many varied businesses, while others appear run-down and lined with only check cashing centers, fast-food restaurants, and liquor stores? As a macro social worker, you often will see that communities thrive and falter due to the lack of resources available. Additionally, these areas may not grow or prosper because their resources have been untapped. Identifying strengths— be it in your individual clients, groups, families, and communities—is a key social work value. Use of this strengths perspective helps you to identify the potential strengths of a community and how to advocate for its members to obtain the resources and services they need to be successful. For this Discussion , review this week’s Learning Resources. Reflect on a community with which you are familiar and that is in close proximity to you.
Then, consider the population and geographical characteristics of that community, as well as its strengths and challenges. Take pictures of the community that represent the characteristics you identified. Finally, think about how these challenges you identified might be viewed as a strength for that community. Post by Day 3 a description of the community you selected. Then, explain the strengths and challenges associated with that community based on its characteristics. Finally, explain how you, as a social worker, might help the community view its perceived challenges as a strength. Be sure to post the pictures you took that represent the characteristics you identified in the community. Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. Read a selection of your colleagues' posts. Respond by Day 5 to at least two colleagues, identifying a new potential challenge not previously discussed by you or your colleague. Then, explain how you might view that challenge as a strength for the community your colleague described. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

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