Components And Dynamics Of Client Systems

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Systems theory is a way of elaborating increasingly complex systems across a continuum that encompasses the person-in-environment (Allen & Friedman, 2011, p. 3). The systems theory enables us to understand the components and dynamics of client systems in order to interpret problems and develop balanced intervention strategies, with the primary goal of enhancing the “goodness of fit” between individuals and their environments (Allen & Friedman, 2011, p. 3). Systems theory helps to identify an organizing conceptual framework or metatheory for understanding (Allen & Friedman, 2011, p. 3). Ludwig von Bertalanffy is credited with being the originator of the form of systems theory used in social work (Allen & Friedman, 2011, p. 3). A system is defined as an organized whole made up of components that interact in a way distinct from their interaction with other entities and which endures over some period of time. Family is considered a system and the way family interact in one setting, may be different from how they act in other settings. Within the systems theory, Urie Bonfenbrenner formulated the ecological systems theory (Allen & Friedman, 2011, p. 3). The ecological systems theory holds that we encounter different environments throughout our lifespan that may influence our behavior in different ways (Ecological Systems Theory, 2008-2016). These systems include the micro system, the mesosystem, the exosystem, the macro system, and the chronosystem (Ecological Systems Theory,

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