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Discussion 2: Historical Divides and Ethical Obligations Within Social Work
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) specifies the ethics and values of the profession in their Code of Ethics. Section 6.04 of the
Code of Ethics
Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.(Preamble, p. 8)
With the requirement of social and political action among social workers, there is little political activity among clinical social workers. Why? What barriers exist that prevent social workers from fulfilling this ethical obligation?
What does it mean to be a macro social worker? A micro social worker? Do these differentiations have any real meaning? If not, why is this language used when referring to the social work profession?
In this Discussion, you will look at the obligation of social workers to engage in political action in their practice and discuss why there appear to be different perceptions of the responsibility for political action among social work professionals.
BY DAY 4
an analysis of historical divides (such as the schism between Jane Addams and Mary Richmond) and historical influences on current social work practice with respect to policy advocacy and action. Do such schisms exist in contemporary social work? If you think these divides exist, how do they prevent social workers from fulfilling their ethical obligation(s)? Are they important differentiations?
BY DAY 6
to a colleague with a suggestion about how to address these schisms, both historical situations and current but yet unidentified ones. Does social action need to be separate from social work practice?
Post an analysis of historical divides (such as the schism between Jane Addams and Mary Richmond) and historical influences on current social work practice with respect to policy advocacy and action. Do such schisms exist in contemporary social work?
Within the practice of social work, there has been a divide on different levels of social work. Those different levels include micro, mezzo, and macro. Micro social work is a practice of working directly with an individual and or family. Mezzo social work is the micro and macro level, where the practitioner works now with a small group. Macro social work targets large systems in a society where the social worker works on making improvements and or changes (Hill, K., Ferguson, S., & Erickson, C., 2010). For example, Jane Addams was a social reformer and activist (Michals, D., 2017). Addams was involved in creating the Hull House, which was in the United States of America, the first settlement house. Addams’s main focus was on women and mothers. Addams also expanded her involvement in advocacy for world peace. Addams’s emphasis was on the level of macro social work.On the other hand, Mary Richmond’s primary focus was on the micro-level of social work. Richmond was the Charity Organizational Department of the Russell Sage Foundation (Social Welfare History Project, 2011). Richmond dedicated her practice to ensure low-income families were receiving appropriate services. Richmond practiced directly with individuals and or families in her charity organization. In the National Association of Social Workers, the preamble states that the social work profession’s primary mission is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people (National Association of Social Workers., 2017). In most social service agencies, social work practitioners focus on individual client problems more than the more significant issues in society (Jacobson, W., 2001).
If you think these divides exist, how do they prevent social workers from fulfilling their ethical obligation(s)? Are they essential differentiations?
Due to the divide in the social work field, the social worker’s ethical obligations often are not met. The NASW Ethical Standard, 6.01 Social Welfare, mentions that social work practitioners should promote society’s general welfare from local to global levels and the development of people, their communities, and their environment (National Association of Social Workers., 2017). The NASW also mentions that social works focus on individual well-being in a social context and society’s well-being (National Association of Social Workers., 2017). Since there are higher demand and interest in micro-level social work, practitioners are leaning away from the mezzo/macro levels of practice. This causes a lack of advocacy and involvement in positive improvements and change for the mezzo/macro population. When mezzo/macro levels are receiving assistance, some individuals still don’t meet the service criteria. Also, I feel that these individuals will need direct help rather than through group or social support. SNHU Historical Divides and Ethical Obligations Within Social Work Discussion
Hill, K., Ferguson, S., & Erickson, C. (2010). Sustaining and Strengthening a Macro Identity:
The Association of Macro Practice Social Work.
Journal of Community Practice
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