Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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CHAPTER 1 The Policy-Based Profession The Policy-Based Profession An Introduction to Social Welfare Policy Analysis for Social Workers Fifth Edition Philip R. Popple & Leslie Leighninger Slides by Heather Kanenberg, University of Houston, Clear LakeThis multimedia product and its contents are protected under copyright law. The following are prohibited by law: •Any public performance or display, including transmission of any image over a network; •Preparation of any derivative work, including the extraction, in whole or in part, of any images; •Any rental, lease, or lending of the program.
The Target of Social Work: Individuals & Society• The focus of social work is upon not just the individual and their immediate needs• Our work must include a critical analysis of the individuals environment in an attempt to understand the variables that play a role in her/ his problems
The Social Function of Social Work• A new understanding of the concept of ‘Dependency’; contradicting stereotypical understandings of the term• Individual and Institutional role failure• Social work is the tool or method that is most frequently used to address dependency
The Dual Targets of Social Work• Social Work Profession is responsible for assisting those experiencing difficulty with individual role responsibilities (Micropractice)• Also expected to address the failure of institutions that results in individual suffering (Macropractice)
The Dominance of Micropractice• Richmond and Lee emphasis on the direct practice done with clients as a method for exacting change• Individualistic society, relatively obvious targets for change, and access all contribute to direct practice being the dominant method of social work
Social Work’s Search for Professional Legitimacy• Flexner and his position on Social Work as a profession• Emphasis during the inception of our work on a traditional ‘medical model’ of practice• Attempt to develop uniqueness and relevance among other professions All translated to an emphasis on direct practice…but, how has this changed?
Social Work: The Policy Based ProfessionTime and societal change has resulted in:• Social work occurring in organizational settings• Knowledge about educationally communicable techniques• Reduced autonomy among all professions Thus, a Flexners position is no longer feasible or realistic
The Relationship between Policy & Practice• Several roles and tasks of professional social workers are policy practice activities• Policy dictates how we work, who we serve, what we can be paid…And what else?• How does our practice affect Policy? Name some ways…