Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

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What is Social Work according to the NASW?
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The professional activity of helping individuals, groups, or communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and creating societal conditions favorable to this goal
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What are the five themes which characterize social work in virtually any setting?
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Help client groups, specific values and principles guide practice, specific techniques and skills direct how to help clients, link clients to specific services, work to promote positive legislative changes
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What is social welfare and the basic dimensions of the concept?
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A nation’s system of programs, benefits and services that help people meet those social, economic, educational, and health needs that are fundamental to the maintenance of society/ What people get from society and how well their needs are being met
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What is the relationship between social work and social welfare?
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Social work is one specific profession within the social welfare network
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Is social work the only profession that is involved in social welfare? Explain your answer.
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Social work is the main profession that administers programs and services, but is not the only one
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Residual Perspective
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focuses on problems and gaps; \”is the client’s fault\”
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Institutional Perspective
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society has responsibility to meet needs of people; \”is not the client’s fault\”
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Developmental Perspective
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find social programs which positively impact economic development (newest approach)
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What is the radicalism approach with regard to social welfare?
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\”start a new\”
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What is the conservative/liberal continuum in regards to social welfare?
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Conservative – "individuals are responsible for themselves" Minimal government involvement Liberal – "government is responsible to provide programs" Significant Government involvement
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What is the critical thinking triple A approach?
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Ask question, Asses facts, Assert conclusions or opinions

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