Chapter 4 - Defining Generalist Practice THE PROCESS OF...

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1 THE PROCESS OF GENERALIST PRACTICE Chapter 4 Defining Generalist Practice ± Flexible ± Solid knowledge base ± Wide range of skills Systems Theory System: ± A set of units with relationships among them. ± An entity composed of separate but interacting and interdependent parts. Systems Theory ± Homeostasis : most living systems seek a balance to maintain and preserve the system. ± Synergy : what is achieved when the larger system is functioning optimally. ± The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. ± Boundary : a point where one system begins and another ends. Systems Theory ± Systems can be OPEN or CLOSED. ± Entropy : systems tend to lose their ability to function and can eventually stagnate and die. Ecological Approach ± Social environment-conditions, circumstances and interactions of human beings ± Coping-the struggle to adjust to conditions and problems
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2 Trevor’s Example ± Draw Trevor’s system ± Micro ± Mezzo ± Macro ± Use the ecological perspective to evaluate Trevor’s situation. Strength Perspective ± all people have strengths that can be tapped and used ± strengths improve client motivation with emphasis on positive strengths ± strengths promote cooperative exploration between the worker and client resulting in empowerment of client ± strengths keep from blaming the victim
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