Social Work 1 - Foundation Knowledge and the Purpose of...

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Foundation Knowledge and the Purpose of Social Work Social work has three foci: Help people solve problems and cope with situations Work with large systems to improve people’s access to resources Link people with systems Social workers are generalists THE MEDICAL MODEL An early model for social work practice Person vs. the Environment Charity Organization Societies- friendly visitors. Person-based perspective. Settlement House movement- environmental approach Social Welfare Systems in the African American community- environmental Diagnostic School All problems have both psychological and social aspects Built on ego psychology concepts Focused on interactions between people and environment Family therapy movement Common Base for Social Work Practice Values Skills Knowledge base How people act within the context of their environments Eclectic theoretical foundation Impacts of Systems in the Environment Systems theories: Broad category of theories that emphasize interactions and
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