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Social Work. Kelly McClarnon, LMSW Room I229 7:00-9:45 pm. Kelly McClarnon, LMSW. Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, B.A. Sociology Master’s Degree from Indiana University, MSW Licensed in the state of Texas

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Social work

Social Work

Kelly McClarnon, LMSW

Room I229

7:00-9:45 pm

Kelly mcclarnon lmsw
Kelly McClarnon, LMSW

  • Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, B.A. Sociology

  • Master’s Degree from Indiana University, MSW

  • Licensed in the state of Texas

  • Youth counselor at St. Elizabeth’s Pregnancy and Adoption Agency, Indianapolis IN

  • Social Work trainee at Riley Hospital Child Development Center, Indianapolis IN

  • Clinical research specialist at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis IN

  • Clinical research coordinator at UTSW mood disorders research program and clinic, Dallas TX

  • Social Worker at Parkland Hospital Psychiatric ER, Dallas TX

Who are you
Who Are You???

  • Name

  • Why Intro to Social Work?

  • Plans for the future?

Critical thinking
Critical Thinking…

  • The careful scrutiny of what is stated as true or what appears to be true and the resulting opinion based on that scrutiny (Kirst- Ashman 2007)

  • For example,

    • Rich people are selfish

    • Most lipsticks contain fish scales

    • The world is going to end

Critical thinking1
Critical Thinking

Use your own judgment to consider the worth and relevance

Scrutinize carefully what you are told

Never take anything at face value

Triple a approach to critical thinking
“Triple A” Approach to Critical Thinking

  • Ask Questions

  • Assess the established facts and issues involved

  • Assert a concluding opinion

    (Kirst-Ashman 2007)

    “Critical thinkers question what other take for granted.”

    Social workers must be critical thinkers!

What is social work
What is Social Work?

  • The professional activity of helping individuals, families, groups, or communities enhance or restore their psychosocial functioning and creating societal conditions favorable to this goal

    (Kirst-Ashman 2007)

Social work roles
Social Work Roles

  • Helping people obtain tangible serves; food, housing, clothing, income

  • Providing counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, groups

  • Helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services

  • Participating in the legislative processes

    (Kirst-Ashman 2007)

Social welfare
Social Welfare

  • Social welfare is a nation’s system of programs, benefits, and services that help people meet social, economic, educational, and health needs that are fundamental to the maintenance of society. (Barker 2003)

  • Social Workers work to enhance social welfare

Social welfare programs
Social Welfare Programs

  • Medicare/Medicaid

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • State Children’s Health Insurance Plans (SCHIP)

  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • Adult Protective Service/Child Protective Services (APS/CPS)

The controversy of social welfare
The Controversy of Social Welfare

  • Should individuals be responsible for taking care of themselves independently of government? “You reap what you sow”


  • Should society be responsible to care for all of it’s members, especially those belonging to oppressed groups? “Every man is his brother’s keeper.”

  • Constant political debate about what social services should and should not provide and who should receive these benefits.

Perspectives on social welfare
Perspectives on Social Welfare

  • Residual- filling gaps when people fail to provide adequately for themselves

    • It’s their fault if they require outside help

  • Institutional- people’s needs are a normal part of life

    • It’s not people’s fault that the require such services but rather an expected part of the human condition

  • Developmental- social interventions that improve economic development

    • Seeks to identify social interventions that have a positive impact on economic development

Conservative liberal continuum
Conservative-Liberal Continuum

  • Conservatism- people are responsible for themselves, gov. should provide minimal interference

    • “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

    • pessimistic view of human nature

    • people should take care of themselves

Conservative liberal continuum1
Conservative-Liberal Continuum

  • Liberalism- “the philosophy that gov should be involved in the social, political, economic structure so that all people’s rights and privileges re protected in the name of social justice (Kirst-Ashman 2008).”

    • Tend to like change

    • More optimistic about human nature

    • It’s the gov job to protect people and provide an environment in which they can thrive

Conservative liberal continuum2
Conservative-Liberal Continuum

  • Radicalism- “the philosophy that social and political system as it stands is not structurally capable of truly providing social justice.”

What makes sw so unique
What makes SW so unique?

  • Sw don’t refuse to work with clients, and they tackle difficult and complex problems

  • Look at the environment for change, not on only the individual (systems theory)

  • Advocate to change unresponsive systems

  • Believe the individual has the right to make a free choice and have a quality life

  • Help clients make their own decisions they do not force people into specific ways of thinking or acting

Foundation of social work
Foundation of Social Work

  • Social Work Ethics and Values

    • Ethics-Moral obligations to clients

    • “Social workers are committed to the dignity, worth, and value of all human beings, regardless of social class, race, color, creed, gender, or age” (Kirst-Ashman 2007)

Foundation of social work1
Foundation of Social Work

  • Diversity

    • Appreciate differences and focus on strengths

    • Sensitive to and address any hardships and negative treatment clients may face

Foundation of social work2
Foundation of Social Work

  • Populations-at-Risk and Social and Economic Justice

    • Populations-at-risk are groups of people with some identified characteristics w ho are at greater risk of social and economic deprivation than those in the mainstream

    • Social justice promotes that idea that all people should have identical rights, protection, opportunities, obligations, and social benefits

    • Economic justice concerns the distribution of resources in a fair and equitable manner.

Foundation of social work3
Foundation of Social Work

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment

    • Assessing a persons functioning within the context of their environment

Foundation of social work4
Foundation of Social Work

  • Social Welfare Policy and Services

    • Sw must become actively involved in establishing and changing welfare polices for the benefits of their clients

Foundation of social work5
Foundation of Social Work

  • Social Work Practice

    • Forming relationships with clients

    • Defining issues

    • Collecting and assessing data

    • Identifying alternatives for action

    • Making and implementing plans

    • Evaluating progress

    • Termination

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Foundation of Social Work

  • Research

    • More effective practitioners by evaluating research outcomes

    • Accumulated research helps build a foundation for planning effective interventions

      Research forms the basis for the development of programs and polices

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Foundation of Social Work

  • Education

    • “Hands-on” experience with internship experience

Next class
Next Class…

  • Read Chapter 2

  • Read over the syllabus

  • Start thinking about where you will do your Service Learning