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Title: Social Work

Social Work
  • Kelly McClarnon, LMSW
  • Room I229
  • 700-945 pm

Kelly McClarnon, LMSW
  • Bachelors degree from Indiana University, B.A.
  • Masters Degree from Indiana University, MSW
  • Licensed in the state of Texas
  • Youth counselor at St. Elizabeths Pregnancy and
    Adoption Agency, Indianapolis IN
  • Social Work trainee at Riley Hospital Child
    Development Center, Indianapolis IN
  • Clinical research specialist at Indiana
    University School of Medicine, Indianapolis IN
  • Clinical research coordinator at UTSW mood
    disorders research program and clinic, Dallas TX
  • Social Worker at Parkland Hospital Psychiatric
    ER, Dallas TX

Who Are You???
  • Name
  • Why Intro to Social Work?
  • Plans for the future?

Syllabus Overview
Critical Thinking
  • The careful scrutiny of what is stated as true or
    what appears to be true and the resulting opinion
    based on that scrutiny (Kirst- Ashman 2007)
  • For example,
  • Rich people are selfish
  • Most lipsticks contain fish scales
  • The world is going to end

Critical Thinking
  • Use your own judgment to consider the worth and
  • Scrutinize carefully what you are told
  • Never take anything at face value

Triple A Approach to Critical Thinking
  • Ask Questions
  • Assess the established facts and issues involved
  • Assert a concluding opinion
  • (Kirst-Ashman 2007)
  • Critical thinkers question what other take for
  • Social workers must be critical thinkers!

What is Social Work?
  • The professional activity of helping individuals,
    families, groups, or communities enhance or
    restore their psychosocial functioning and
    creating societal conditions favorable to this
  • (Kirst-Ashman 2007)

Social Work Roles
  • Helping people obtain tangible serves food,
    housing, clothing, income
  • Providing counseling and psychotherapy with
    individuals, families, groups
  • Helping communities or groups provide or improve
    social and health services
  • Participating in the legislative processes
  • (Kirst-Ashman 2007)

Social Welfare
  • Social welfare is a nations system of programs,
    benefits, and services that help people meet
    social, economic, educational, and health needs
    that are fundamental to the maintenance of
    society. (Barker 2003)
  • Social Workers work to enhance social welfare

Can you name some social welfare programs?
Social Welfare Programs
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • State Childrens Health Insurance Plans (SCHIP)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Adult Protective Service/Child Protective
    Services (APS/CPS)

The Controversy of Social Welfare
  • Should individuals be responsible for taking care
    of themselves independently of government? You
    reap what you sow
  • OR
  • Should society be responsible to care for all of
    its members, especially those belonging to
    oppressed groups? Every man is his brothers
  • Constant political debate about what social
    services should and should not provide and who
    should receive these benefits.

Perspectives on Social Welfare
  • Residual- filling gaps when people fail to
    provide adequately for themselves
  • Its their fault if they require outside help
  • Institutional- peoples needs are a normal part
    of life
  • Its not peoples fault that the require such
    services but rather an expected part of the human
  • Developmental- social interventions that improve
    economic development
  • Seeks to identify social interventions that have
    a positive impact on economic development

Conservative-Liberal Continuum
  • Conservatism- people are responsible for
    themselves, gov. should provide minimal
  • if it aint broke dont fix it.
  • pessimistic view of human nature
  • people should take care of themselves

Conservative-Liberal Continuum
  • Liberalism- the philosophy that gov should be
    involved in the social, political, economic
    structure so that all peoples rights and
    privileges re protected in the name of social
    justice (Kirst-Ashman 2008).
  • Tend to like change
  • More optimistic about human nature
  • Its the gov job to protect people and provide an
    environment in which they can thrive

Conservative-Liberal Continuum
  • Radicalism- the philosophy that social and
    political system as it stands is not structurally
    capable of truly providing social justice.

Where are you?
What makes SW so unique?
  • Sw dont refuse to work with clients, and they
    tackle difficult and complex problems
  • Look at the environment for change, not on only
    the individual (systems theory)
  • Advocate to change unresponsive systems
  • Believe the individual has the right to make a
    free choice and have a quality life
  • Help clients make their own decisions they do not
    force people into specific ways of thinking or

Foundation of Social Work
  • Social Work Ethics and Values
  • Ethics-Moral obligations to clients
  • Social workers are committed to the dignity,
    worth, and value of all human beings, regardless
    of social class, race, color, creed, gender, or
    age (Kirst-Ashman 2007)

Foundation of Social Work
  • Diversity
  • Appreciate differences and focus on strengths
  • Sensitive to and address any hardships and
    negative treatment clients may face

Foundation of Social Work
  • Populations-at-Risk and Social and Economic
  • Populations-at-risk are groups of people with
    some identified characteristics w ho are at
    greater risk of social and economic deprivation
    than those in the mainstream
  • Social justice promotes that idea that all people
    should have identical rights, protection,
    opportunities, obligations, and social benefits
  • Economic justice concerns the distribution of
    resources in a fair and equitable manner.

Foundation of Social Work
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Assessing a persons functioning within the
    context of their environment

Foundation of Social Work
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Sw must become actively involved in establishing
    and changing welfare polices for the benefits of
    their clients

Foundation of Social Work
  • Social Work Practice
  • Forming relationships with clients
  • Defining issues
  • Collecting and assessing data
  • Identifying alternatives for action
  • Making and implementing plans
  • Evaluating progress
  • Termination

Foundation of Social Work
  • Research
  • More effective practitioners by evaluating
    research outcomes
  • Accumulated research helps build a foundation for
    planning effective interventions
  • Research forms the basis for the development of
    programs and polices

Foundation of Social Work
  • Education
  • Hands-on experience with internship experience

Next Class
  • Read Chapter 2
  • Read over the syllabus
  • Start thinking about where you will do your
    Service Learning
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