Critical Analysis: Social Work And Systems Theory
Question #1: Social Work and Systems Theory Social Work as a concept and a career is simple, yet difficult to define. Social work has grown and developed from the seed that is envelops social issues in our society. As Robbins, Chatterjee, and Canda state in Contemporary Human Behavior Theory (2012), defined situations within society have dictated the need for social work and advocates to speak on behalf of those who are unable to speak for themselves. From the inception of its career, social work has been associated with helping those in need, whether that be at a micro-level with individual therapy and case management, or a macro level with policy development and large scale advocacy efforts.
Question #1 A In defining and expanding the definition of social work, it is important to address the values that are inherent in the definition. There are six core social work values, according to the NASW Code of Ethics. These values include: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence (NASW, 1996). Within the above mentioned definition, each of these values has a vital component of the complex entity that is social …show more content…
This knowledge is based on the Social Systems Perspective, or Systems Theory (Carter, 2011). Within the field of social work, it is essential to have a working knowledge and curiosity about everything. Everything includes, but is not limited to: psychology, medicine, sociology, politics, economics, technology, public-speaking, journalism, culture, and agriculture. In order to best serve those who need advocacy, social workers must have a working knowledge of every sphere of influence that may have an impact on the community and the individuals being served. This is where Systems Theory comes into