Personal Practice Model In Social Work

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In every situation that I am faced with, no matter if it is a professional or personal conflict, I always try to take into consideration my values, my beliefs and my feelings. In this case the personal practice model I feel I gravitate more towards is radical practice. In life I have always thought no matter what I am faced with I will acknowledge and act to achieve. Having an open mind, setting your biases aside, listening and helping with an open heart I believe is the key to social and individual change (ppt.4slide29). When and if working in future practice relationships I personally like to position myself beside clients and service users, as this allows them to have a sense of control over their decisions. As a person living in a critical …show more content…
Although it is important to focus on the individual client, I think it is also important to strive for change in the system itself. Personally I would want to meet the needs of all the people, while paying attention and empowering those who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty (ppt.4slides30-36). Not only do we want to benefit the individual struggling, but we want to improve the community or system that they are facing. Strongly believing, we cannot change and empower the individual themselves and expect them to stay out of trouble, when yet the system hasn’t changed at all. If both can improve and enhance their ways, both the community and the individual will benefit from it. For example the case of Ashley Smith, she was a nineteen year old girl with a metal illness, yet the criminal justice system failed to recognize that and treated her as a criminal, which lead to her suicide(Garnier,2010). Yes we can talk about it with our clients and colleagues, but nothing will be done once our words are put into actions. As a professional I am open to talk about anything with my clients, I will put all biases and judgments aside and listen to what they have to say. It can be scary talking about ideas that nobody wants to question or is afraid to face, but I feel that the client should express themselves as much as they want. When I become an SSW I will make sure that my …show more content…
Although we as human beings have our biases, in dealing with politics, the justice system, etc. I personally believe it is our job as future SSW’s to set them aside in order to effectively work with the individuals we are dealing with. I would put my part by learning about how these different systems have treated them and further brainstorm how they could have treated them better and appropriately. I will try my best to understand the crime they committed and as to why it was done the way it was described in the file. Yet I would ask them to share their side of the story, and we could further move on to exploring why this might have occurred. Something else I would not like to come off as is an interrogation officer. The last thing I would want to do is make the individual feel as if they are being looked down on and questioned as to why they did what they did. But much rather as someone who is trying to empower, face challenges, and have an open ear to their opinions. One unique style I might have would be to help the individual explore their passion, hobbies and talents and use that to find their happiness while being in a detention center or locked up in a place they don’t like. For me, it is all about using mine and the individual’s knowledge to empower them and help them understand that they do not need to believe what they have been labeled

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