Systems Perspective In Social Work

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Imagine floating through the galaxy, in the center of the system you see the sun, a luminous and powerful light. Revolving around this brilliant ball of light are celestial bodies orbiting and interacting with this sun. The bodies that are closest to the sun are affected the most, and the farther away the orbiting bodies are the less of an impact they have. Now, this metaphor might seem insignificant, but it illustrates the systems perspective perfectly: it shows people’s personal systems and how they are affected by them. In this example, the sun would be the individual and the celestial bodies or planets are the systems affecting the sun. For my personal system, the bodies closest to me and who I’m affected by the most would be my family, …show more content…
For example, if working with a youth program you should know how the community surrounding them feels about the youth, does the government provide funding, are the youth’s parents involved, etc. All of these things would be necessary for the social worker to know so that they can provide the best support for that organization. An example of a social worker using systems perspective to solve a situation with an organization comes from a study done in London where they were trying to prove that social workers were able to help community organizations just as well as community workers. The problem that they were dealing with was from an organization called, “Alcoholics Prevention”, who temporarily shelters homeless alcoholics; the situation was that their organization was becoming a more permanent location for these individuals. The social workers used systems perspective to solve this problem, they first decided that to solve the problem they need to work with the organization to discuss treatment of the individuals in this program. The organization originally believed that these individuals were only suffering from “chronic alcoholism” and nothing more, so the social workers had to work with the organization to show them that these people …show more content…
I realized that I like to help people somewhere in my time at high school due to the fact that I was always the one who my friends would go to when they had a problem. When people would come to me asking for help and/or advise, I loved to listen to them and offer them help. Even thinking back to my childhood realized that I would actually cause situations in my family just so I could fix it; that is how much I enjoyed solving problems. I began to think about going into social work but I knew the stigma behind it saying that I would not make any money so I stayed away for a little while. However, over this past summer, I was still feeling drawn to social work so I decided to switch my major. I still remain confident in my ability to become a social worker in the future and know that I will never grow tired of trying to solve situations and figure out solutions to people

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