Parallel and perpendicularJune 11, 2021
Social Work System Short Paper
Write a short paper (maximum three pages, double-spaced) choosing one of these social work systems: child welfare, legal, or welfare (also known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF).
How are social problems “typified” (or socially constructed) in this system?
How are social justice issues framed in this system?
Explain and evaluate what social workers do when working in this system (this is a micro system perspective).
How do they obtain clients?
How do they assess needs, and design and deliver interventions?
What theoretical approaches guide their practices? (Refer back to Unit 4’s introductions on theoretical approaches.)
How do they validate their processes and practices (how do they know their interventions work)?
What do they need in terms of education, certification, and experience to work in this system?
How does the social work system influence the social problems in this system? (This is a macro system perspective.)
What is your appraisal of the relationship between the philosophical intentions of social work, the American mindset regarding this system and the people involved, and the social system itself?
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