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SWSS 002 1st Edition Lecture 7 Outline of Last Lecture I. Why did we do this activity?II. Culturally Sensitive Social Work PracticeIII. How social workers develop into culturally sensitive practitionersIV. Differences in practitioner vs. client V. Personal Identity vs. Ascribed Identity Outline of Current Lecture I. Review from last week: violence II. Generalist Social Work Practicea. RolesIII. Theories that guide Social Work practiceIV. Jordan Privy: Milton High school football hazing Current Lecture- Violence is so much more than what’s reported - “Watch out for each other” -Celia- We women should be able to walk alone - As human beings, we are always looking for ways to help each other out People are the experts of their own mind and lifeGeneralist Social Work Practice- BSW degree prepares you to provide generalist social work practice. - Generalist social workers have a broad set of knowledge and skills that they can use for assessing and responding with competence at multiple levels.- MSW curriculum begins with a generalist perspective and then a specialist perspectiveRoles - Brokero Helping a client access needed resources  Ex: helping a client fill out paperwork to apply for subsidized housing- Advocateo Voicing the needs of clients to a larger group, for the purpose of seeking social justice Ex: advocating at the statehouse to require employers to offered paid sick days- Direct Service Providero Engaging with clients at all levels of practice to assess needs and develop plans for working toward a goal of desired changeThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best Used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute. Ex: working with a family that has an elder member experiencing increased dementia, to assess whether an assisted living facility would be the best option to assure that family member’s safety- Case Manager o Coordinating services and resources for clients Ex: coordinating meetings of a DCF worker, a biological parent, a foster parent, and a teacher, to plan for a child’s safety and well-being- Educator o Providing education to clients, colleagues, or community members Ex: facilitating a parenting group for teen moms- Organizero Working to influence change in policies and systems Ex: working with people who want VT legislators to adopt a single-payer system of health care to plan direct action at the Statehouse Theories that Guide SW Practice- The Person-In-Environment Perspectiveo Perceives each person as an interactive participant in a larger physical, cultural, economic, and social environment o Enables social workers to understand the complexities of clients’ lives by emphasizing the impact of these environments on those liveso Social workers may focus on their “change efforts” on multiple aspects of their client’s environment - The Strengths-Based Perspectiveo Helping clients explore their strengths and resources in the service of assisting them to achieve their goals and realize their dreams o 6 principles Everyone has strengths Trauma and abuse, illness and struggle may be injurious BUT they may also be sources of resilience and opportunity  Would not want to be raped again but person learned just how strong they really are… never thought they were this strong  Assume that you do not know the upper limits of the capacity to grow and change, and take everyone’s aspirations seriously We best serve our clients by collaborating with them We are not the experts of their lives  They bring the importance  Client and worker are EQUALS Every environment is full of resources Caring, caretaking, and context are key Jordan Privy - Jordan’s Bill Milton HS football team-- HAZING - Didn’t tell anyone - sat with this… - Year later- shot himself - New players subjected to horrible things- Someone charged with attempted sexual assault- VT adopted hazing law - Coaches and people of athletic department knew about this… legislation does not think that they can be charged -- not clear whether it was required for them to report - Lots going on in the statehouse right


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