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Universal Declaration of Human Rights a core underpinning MSW Q SW Practice Session Two 50
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9) Social Justice & Human Rights perspectives Practice principles • rights based approach rather than needs based approach • social justice should be restorative of human rights • participation of all in discourse & decision-making is essential • focus on ethical principles MSW Q SW Practice Session Two 51
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10) Post modern (constructivist & narrative perspectives) Underlying Philosophy Our experience of life is socially constructed and the current context of living is that we are subject to: an increasing pace of change an emergence of new complexities, increasing fragmentation& plurality of perspectives an increasing influence of the media & the internet which transform and transmit knowledge & people are more aware of risk & uncertainty There is no such thing as an ‘objective’ truth as all “truths are culture specific” The traditional objectives of social welfare work – “care, control & cure” are no longer appropriate Discourse& language are central to understanding the self in context MSW Q SW Practice Session Two 52
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10) Post modern & narrative perspectives Major post-modern constructivist theorists & practitioners include Parton & O’Byrne Howe Leonard Major narrative theorists & practitioners include White Epston Gilligan & White focus on differences between these theories Major strengths-based theorists & practitioners include Saleeby MSW Q SW Practice Session Two 53
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10) Post modern & narrative perspectives Underlying values Values are culturally specific Diversity is to be respected and celebrated Uncertainty is central to human experience and to be the position the worker should adopt MSW Q SW Practice Session Two 54
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10) Post modern & narrative perspectives Practice principles shared dialogue between worker and service user is crucial to sharing understanding of the other’s reality partnership with the service user means that their views are prioritised Deconstruction - that is events and feelings are continually interrogated, evaluated and overturned Externalising the problem is one technique to do this Social workers hold the notion of “possibility” i.e. that change can occur – a vision of possibility can empower others There is an emphasis on process and authorship MSW Q SW Practice Session Two 55
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Useful Resources Connolly, M & Harms, L 2015, Social work: from theory to practice , 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 15-36 (chapter 1) Healy, K 2014, Social work theories in context: creating frameworks for practice , 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 12-32 (chapter 2, available online) Healy, K 2012, Social work methods and skills: the essential foundations of practice , Palgrave, New York, pp. 55-109. (chapter 3-4)
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