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Defining Social Work: Where Context Meets Global Perspectives

Presenter: So`Nia L. Gilkey, PhD Tulane University School of Social Work

Jackson Wiggins

on 21 March 2011

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Transcript of Defining Social Work: Where Context Meets Global Perspectives

& & Defining Social Work: Where Context So`Nia L. Gilkey, PhD Tulane University School of Social Work Presenter: Meets Global Perspectives Defining Definition Definition? What does it help us to Accomplish? Benefits? Why the NEED to define? What are the Challenges in defining something? Steps What are the to defining something? What is a Definition? distinct, or clear The act of defining or making definite The formal statement of the meaning or significance of a word, phrase, idea, etc... The condition of being definit, distinct, or clearly outlined Specification of the essential properties of something or of the criteria which uniquely identify it A measure of the clarity of as characterized by & Sharpness Contrast Ref.: World Dictionary http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/definition What are the Benefits of Defining? Establishes Clarity Makes clear the intent, action(s), and expectation(s) Offers distinct precise / idea Presents Contrast Suggest a way of thinking about something Gives a framework Possibly a new perspective Why the NEED to Define? To be clear Provide Perspective Establish Expectations Considers Context Cultural Framework Encourages Discourse Which respects Contrasting Perspectives Steps In Defining A definition ALWAYS involves 2 parts: The word concept / being defined The set of sentences (or 'propositions') that do the defining Whatever way you decide, this will be the Structure of your expressed idea about the 'something' you want to define Defining Social Work consists of: A series of related sentences Sentences that identify & distinct universal ideas about social work Sentences must ascribe some level of property to social work Example "Social Work is mission driven" Here, social work is the object Mission Driven is the Property Current Global Definitions of Social Work IFSW – International Federation of Social Workers

NASW – National Association of Social Workers (United States) IASSW – International Association of Schools of Social Work
IFSW IASSW Definition The Social Work Profession Promotes Social Change
Problem Solving in Human Relationship
Liberation of people to enhance well-being Utilizing theories of Human Behavior
Social Work Interventions at the points where people interact with their environments & Social Systems Principles of human rights & social justice are fundamental to social work.
NASW The primary mission of the social work profession is to Enhance human well-being Help meet the basic human needs of all people With particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are Vulnerable Oppressed Living in Poverty & A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual well­being in a social context and the well­being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living. Social Work Defined in R wanda Mission Purpose / Goals Outcomes Context Language Let's Talk Goals of this workshop Definition
Contextual Realities Cultural Considerations
Qualifying Standards
Practice Expertise
Social Development Global Considerations Things to Consider 1. What specifically do we want to accomplish? 6. What should social work be in Rwanda and how do we get it there? 5. What are we doing that we should not be doing? 4. What are we not doing that we should begin doing? 3. In what ways can we improve what we are currently doing? 2. What are we doing that we should continue to do? Mission Driven
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