Importance Of Systems Theory On Social Work

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Social work is a helping profession, whether a social worker is working one on one with a consumer recovering from a mental break, working to change policy at the governmental level or comforting someone who is suffering from a loss, helping is what social workers do (Robbins, Chatterjee & Canda, 2006). A social work practice also requires keen skills in activities like; advocating, educating, linking, managing, organizing and problem solving (Swenson, 1998). These skills are the key pieces of the helping process and are found in the professional roles of social workers around the world. However, to many social workers, social work is so much more than helping.

Definition of Social Work and Value Assumption

Social work is the fight for equality, the desire to end
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Instead, Bertalanffy (1968) focused on the transaction between the individual and the systems in the individual’s life. This idea helps social worker to find the problems in the systems. Many believe that if you strengthen one part of the system you can improve the whole system.

While systems theory is useful in helping social workers find ways to help people, it is also said that it is “no more than the trivial fact that mathematics of some sort can be applied to different sorts of problems” (Bertalanffy, 1968). This is largely because systems theory can be used in many of the scientific fields to view different types of problem. Another objection to systems theory is that “systems theory lacks explanatory value” (Bertalanffy, 1968). This simply means that while it may be important to look at the systems that each person comes in contact with it does not explain why different systems or problems within the systems affect some individuals in the same way and others not at

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