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Policy Fall 2016 Session 2

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Robin Acconi

on 9 September 2018

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Transcript of Policy Fall 2016 Session 2

Politics-The government of a
market economy - attend to needs of
business i.e. tax credits and individual
needs- Social Security. Tension arises
between people who believe in limited vs
expanded government.

The frustration involved in individual practice and how it is connected to policy.

Social policy can help improve lives but it also controls and people and may even infringe on their rights
Ideology- A coherent set of beliefs about ideas institutions and social arrangements. When a dominant ideology clashes with alternative explanation, a clash often occurs.
Social Movements- The trigger is often
an unmet need. Too little income,
too little health care, or lack of civil rights

Triggers of Social Change
The Economy- Downturn in economy
can result in conditions of need.
Market based economy where people
rely on market to meet needs

The tension occurs when the market does not
meet individual needs

History- When there is a historical
precedent of a social policy,
more likely to feel empowered to
fight for new reforms
Social Movements

Social Problem is Constructed and Defined
Policy is created (or not created)

Social Movements

Trigger/ Event
What is Social Work?

What is Social Justice?

How are they related?
As social workers why is it important to use our voices for social justice?

Clint Smith said "Silence if the residue of fear"
When have you felt silenced in the face of injustice?
What do you wish you have said?


What is one place/area that you want to use your voice as a social worker?
The Nature of Ethics’ Mistakes
“Most social workers who find themselves in the midst of ethics-related controversies have not engaged in serious misconduct . . . Rather, ethical issues in social work often take the form of what can only be described as mistakes made by talented, conscientious, and dedicated practitioners. . . these are situations where good social workers slip on the proverbial banana peel and violate ethical standards. [Frederick G. Reamer, Ph.D., Nov. 30, 2011]”

From Shelek-Furbee (2014)
NASW Code of Ethics-Core Values

Social workers’ primary goal is to
help people in need and to address
social problems.

Social Justice
: Social workers challenge
social injustice.

Dignity and Worth
: Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.

Importance of Relationships
: Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships.

: Social workers behave in a trustworthy manner.

: Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise.

Find your group
Decide who your reporter(s) will be
For the scenario, which standard in the Code of Ethics needs to be considered?
In Chapter 1, Theories of Social Change are discussed.

Which theory do you most subscribe to?

Do you believe that society is progressing or that we are in an endless cycle?
How has a social policy had a personal
and or professional impact upon you?

Do you feel like this policy had a positive
or negative effect?
How are Social Problems Constructed?

Teenage pregnancy
Abstinence- only education
Lack of educational opportunity for teens
Lack of access to birth control
Lack of access to reproductive health centers
“War on Drugs”
African-American population are 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana, 12 times more likely to be imprisoned for a marijuana felony arrest, and 3 times more likely to be imprisoned per marijuana possession arrest.
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (San Francisco, CA: November 2011), p. 6.
Essential Point

The way the problem is defined leads to the way that policy is created

“Failing” Schools
Linking teacher outcomes to funding vs
fully funding schools based on need

(Look for interactive report)

Often social workers are the ones who are left dealing with the ramifications of poor policy

Child Labor

“Traditional family practice”

Low income paid to farmers, unable
to afford school
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