An Introduction To Applying Social Work Theories And Methods by Barbra Teater

By Barbra Teater

A student-friendly advent to social paintings theories and techniques, drawing on present social paintings learn.

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821–2): 1 2 3 A collaborative relationship between social worker and client. The relationship between the social worker and client is viewed as a partnership where both parties bring knowledge that influences the work together. The client is viewed as the expert not the social worker. The social worker acknowledges that clients are the experts in their own experiences and the social worker is not to place her or his values and beliefs onto the clients. Empowerment. The social worker and client are working to enhance the power of the client.

The strengths of the theories include the following: • • The theories encompass empowerment-based approaches as they both seek to enhance clients’ identity, autonomy, competence and relatedness to their environments. The theories stress a collaborative relationship between the social worker and client and the work together is to enhance the client’s power in order to obtain and use informal and formal resources to maintain equilibrium or a positive person:environment fit. Both theories allow the social worker to take a holistic approach by fully assessing what might be going on around the client versus just seeing things as an individual problem.

A system is defined as a ‘a complex of elements or components directly or indirectly related in a causal network, such that each component is related to at least some others in a more or less stable way within a particular period of time’ (Buckley, 1967, p. 41). The different parts or elements of a system do not function in isolation but function by depending on and interacting with each other to complete the system as a whole. The whole cannot be complete without the presence and participation of each of the elements.

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