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Read a selection of your colleagues' posts. Respond by Day 6 to at least two colleagues by explaining how a social worker might influence the passage of legislation your colleague described in order to be an advocate of social change. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made. Click on the Reply button below to reveal the textbox for entering your message. Then click on the Submit button to post your message. Reply Quote Message Unread Mark as Unread Message Not Flagged Set Flag 7 days ago Access the profile card for user: Ma'Dea Carpenter Ma'Dea Carpenter RE: Discussion - Week 11 COLLAPSE
Good afternoon class, I believe advocacy is a vital aspect of social work because "It is the means the worker chooses as the most effective way of bringing change." (Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Understand Generalist Practice pg 515) One of the roles social workers take on is called the "Broker: identifying, locating and linking client's to needed resources." (Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Understand Generalist Practice) Sometimes organizations or individuals may not want to help service a client for a number of reasons. That's when social workers take their role as advocate on. The NASW ethics preamble states "Social worker's commitment to the under-served, poor and groups discriminated against by institutions, governments and other organization...these activities may be in the form of direct practice...advocacy...and evaluation." Social workers have an ethical duty to advocate for our clients rather it be a specific client (case advocacy) or group (cause advocacy). In 2013 social workers advocated on the rights of gay marriage. This matter was taken to the supreme court and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was decided upon. Being an advocate can cause some tension and even cause a worker to lose their job. However, the NASW legal defense fund was put in place to help social worker's punished for engaging in advocacy practice. A pending law that I feel will effect the community as well as social work practice is "The lifespan and Respite Care Act: which would establish a program to assist family caregivers in accessing affordable and high- quality respite care." (socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu) This act being passed could potentially give more client's and their caregivers comfortable housing as well as persuade more family members to become caregivers. Allowing families to stay together and client's to stay in the comfort of their home as opposed to clinic housing. Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2012). Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
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