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Discussion - Week 11Actions for Content PageGrading InformationRefreshShowSearchContentSelect:AllNoneList ActionsMessage ActionsExpand AllCollapse All31Post(s) in this Thread0Unreadposted 4 years ago (last edited 3 years ago)AnonymousDiscussion - Week 11COLLAPSEDiscussion: Social ChangeAdvocacy might conjure images of speaking at a congressional hearing or soliciting petition signatures at library entrances. Yet, social workers engage inadvocacy as an agent of social change in numerous ways. The scenarios presented in this week’s introduction are examples of three types of advocacy:Case advocacy—When a social worker addresses the lack of services, or resources at the micro level, educates the client about available resources and programs, or fights for clients’ rights.Legislative advocacy—When a social worker addresses a policy gap at the macro level, and provides information and suggestions to legislators, in order to close that gap.Community advocacy—When a social worker represents the needs of a community at the mezzo level by engaging in group-oriented activities, such as holding a town meeting to educate the neighborhood about a particular issue they are facing.Another type of advocacy, not represented by the earlier scenarios, is agency advocacy. For example, you might conduct agency advocacy as a social worker when you identify a gap in services at your agency and pursue additional
services for a particular population the agency serves. Or, you might pursue a change in current policy that you deem to be unfair to some of your clients. How do you envision becoming an agent of social change through the use of advocacy?For this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources. Think about whether advocacy is a vital aspect of social work. Then, consider what section within the NASW code of ethics requires advocacy of social workers. Finally, search for a local, state, or federal legislative website for a pending law that relates to an issue and a population that social workers encounter. Consider theimportance of passing this legislation to the population, to the community, and to social work practice.Post by Day 4an explanation of whether you think advocacy is a vital aspect of social work. Be sure to reference this week’s readings to support your position. Then, explain what section within the NASW code of ethics requires advocacy of social workers. Finally, describe the pending law you selected and explain why its passage might be important to the population effected by the issue, the broader community, and social work practice.Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.