2154 Session 2 Ch 1 Spring2010

2154 Session 2 Ch 1 Spring2010 - TheProfessionofSocialWork...

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The Profession of Social Work SOWK 2154 Shari E. Miller, MSW, PhD Session 2 Chapter 1, pp. 3-28
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What is Social Work? National Association of Social Work (NASW)  definition: “Social work is the professional  activity of helping individuals, groups, or  communities enhance or restore their  capacity for social functioning and creating  societal conditions favorable to this goal.   Social work practice consists of the  professional application of social work values,  principles, and techniques to one or more of  the following ends:
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Introduce Social Work Practice Help people obtain tangible services [e.g.,  food, housing, or income] Provide counseling and psychotherapy to  Help communities or groups provide or  improve social and health services Participate in legislative processes 
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Introduce Social Work Practice Five themes of social work practice: Help individuals, groups, or communities A foundation of values and principles guide  what   practitioners should and should not do A basis of techniques and skills provides direction for  how  to accomplish goals Help people get the services they need by linking to  available resources Participate in legislative processes to promote  positive social change
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What is Critical Thinking? The careful scrutiny of what is stated as true or  what appears to be true and the resulting  expression of an opinion or conclusion based on  that scrutiny, and the creative formulation of an  opinion or conclusion when presented with a  question, problem, or issue.  Critical thinking  concentrates on “the process of reasoning.”
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Critical Thinking Critical thinkers question what others take  for granted. Triple A approach examines and evaluates   the validity of “facts.” Ask  questions Assess  the established facts and                                                                             issues  involved Assert  a concluding opinion
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What is Social Welfare? Social Welfare refers to (p. 6) “a nation’s 
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2154 Session 2 Ch 1 Spring2010 - TheProfessionofSocialWork...

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