SWORK 110 Substance Abuse Res

1.) Pick a problem or social issue: Social workers attempt to address all sorts of problems. What’s your dream job? Is there a problem or social issue that exists that you think you want to make a career out of solving? If you cannot think of one you can use the list below to get you started:

Child Welfare

Family, Youth and Children

Pregnancy & Parenting

School Social Work

Mental Health

Older Adults

Substance Abuse

Military Social Work

Medical Social Work

Grant Writing

International Social Work

Refugees and/or Immigrants

Disabilities

Crisis and Trauma

Administration

Violence, Victims and Criminal Justice

Community Organizing

2.) Next Step: Study The Assignment Questions: You will have to do research in order to answer the following questions:

a.) Define the problem or social issue

b.) Who is the target population? Who are the clients in need of service? Include information regarding the age ranges, gender, and socioeconomic status.

c.) What are the practice methods that social workers use in this field? Indicate micro and/or macro practice methods and provide example(s). If they do micro, such as case management, you would need to say micro and give examples of case management that they do. 

d.) What is the role of the social worker in this field? What do social workers do to help solve the problem? Example: Case management

e.) What are the presenting problems in this field of service? Example: what are challenges Child Welfare Services face? Insufficient funding? Not enough employees? Etc.

f.) What are the barriers to service for the target population? What gets in the way of clients of the problem you chose getting services? Example: lack of transportation.

g.) What are the individual and environmental/societal causes of problems? What do clients do that get them into the situation to where they need help with the problem? How does society ‘cause’ the problem to exist?

h.) What ethical and/or value dilemmas do social workers face in this field of service? Example: conflict of interest, confidentiality, sexy clients. 

i.) What is the anticipated income for social workers in this field of service?

j.) What is your assessment of your continued interest in the field of service? (This is the only part of the paper that can be written in 1st person) Example: After completing this assignment I realized I really love this field. The reasons why are… 


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