Are they important differentiations due to the divide

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ethical obligation(s)? Are they important differentiations? Due to the divide in the social work field, social worker’s ethical obligations often are not met. The NASW Ethical Standard, 6.01 Social Welfare, mentions that social work practitioners should promote the general welfare of society from local to global levels and the development of people, their communities, and their environment (National Association of Social Workers., 2017). In addition, the NASW also mentions that social works focuses on the individual well- being in a social context and the well-being of society (National Association of Social Workers., 2017). Since there is a higher demand and interest in individual, micro-level social work, practitioners are leaning away from the mezzo/macro levels of practice. This causes a lack in advocacy and involvement in positive improvements and change for mezzo/macro population. Personally, I feel that when mezzo/macro levels are receiving assistance, there are individuals who still don’t meet the criteria for assistance. Also, I feel that these individuals will need direct assistance rather than through group or society support. Reference: Hill, K., Ferguson, S., & Erickson, C. (2010). Sustaining and Strengthening a Macro Identity: The Association of Macro Practice Social Work. Journal of Community Practice , 18 (4), 513– 527. Jacobson, W. (2001). Beyond Therapy: Bringing Social Work Back to Human Services Reform. Social Work , 46(1), 51–61.
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