Human Behavior And Social Systems Development : Case Management, Direct Practice And Advocacy For Policy Development

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Social workers are professionals who promote social change through problem solving in human relationships. To ensure the wellbeing of clients they promote empowerment strategies and liberation tools. Social workers apply theories of human behavior and social systems development to support people’s positive interactions with the environment. Social workers play three major roles in working with children and their families. These three roles are key in the following practice arenas: case management, direct practice and advocacy for policy development. Case management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy, all necessary components to meeting families’ and children’s needs. For instance, case managers help locate resources for families in need. These resources may include low- income housing, grief counseling, health insurance and temporary placement of children in foster homes. Direct practice involves case managers working directly with families and individuals. Their work includes one-on-one contact with clients at the micro level. For example, vulnerable children cannot think like adults. Social workers use psychodynamic therapy or cognitive behavioral techniques to help them express their feelings. One technique employed in psychodynamic play therapy with children is the use of dolls or drawings to tell their story. Advocacy and policy building includes government development of plans and procedures
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