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SOCW6101 Week 1 Discussion (dq1+dq2) (September 2019)
SOCW 6101 Essential Skills
Week 1 Discussion
DQ1Generalist Intervention Model
You may have been drawn to social work because of a desire to help a specific population or to address certain social problems. You may already possess a large amount of knowledge related to these populations or problems based on past work experience, personal history, or academic studies. But as you also may know, a social worker cannot assume a clientâ€™s experience based on an identity category. Individuals hold multiple, intersecting identities, which influence their unique experience. This is why research and evidence-based practice are essential to social work.
You and your colleagues may have interests in different fields of social work practice or may be interested in assuming different social work roles. However, all will need foundational knowledge and skills related to understanding how the environment affects individual experience, assessing the influence of diversity and difference, and applying advocacy on behalf of client welfare and social justice. For this Discussion, you consider these issues with your colleagues.
Review this weekâ€™s Learning Resources.
Then, select a population with whom you would be interested in working as a future social worker and address each point in the following directions related to working with this population. Remember, your response should demonstrate that you have read and are able to apply the material from the required resources.
By Day 3
Describe your population of interest.
Identify one professional role that a social worker may assume when working with this population.
Explain how you might apply ecological or systems theory when working with the population.
Describe specific steps you will take to develop your knowledge of this population through critical thought and research.
Support your post with citations to the course text to demonstrate that you have completed the required readings, understand the material, and are able to apply the concepts. As the course progresses, you will be expected to cite using APA. To develop APA skills, utilize resources from the Writing Center https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/apa.
By Day 6
Respond to two colleagues who selected a different population from the one you selected:
Analyze how dimensions of diversity and intersecting identities may influence the experience of the population that your colleague identified.
Describe an area where a social worker may advocate on behalf of this population.
DQ2 Introduction Video
In order to practice presenting yourself to others and fostering collaboration within an academic community, you will upload a video introducing yourself to your colleagues. This Assignment has a lower point value to reduce first-week anxiety around technology requirements. However, you are required to learn this technology as you will be using Kaltura Media in your final project for this course, as well as in other courses within the program. Learning the technology now allows you to develop the skills needed to complete later course requirements.
When recording videos, remember that you are creating a professional presentation. If you stumble a bit, donâ€™t feel you have to record yourself again because this is not a formal presentation, such as a speech. However, your video does need to be professional. In other words, dress professionally and conduct yourself as if you are in an agency setting with colleagues and supervisors. Be sure to record yourself in a room that is quiet and where no one interrupts you.
To upload your media to this discussion thread, use the Kaltura Media option from the mashup tool drop-down menu. Refer to the Kaltura Media Uploader area in the course navigation menu for more information about how to upload media to the course.
To prepare: Watch the video Anna Scheyett: Social Workers as Super-Heroes.
By Day 7
Post a 3- to 5-minute video introducing yourself to the class. Please include:
Your geographic location
A brief description of your educational accomplishments (e.g., degrees and schools attended)
A brief description of your employment history and/or experience in the social work field
A description of your vision of a social work hero
An explanation of how you might use principles related to strengths, empowerment, and resiliency in your practice
To ensure accessibility for your peers, please use the closed captioning function available in the Kaltura Media player.