There will be times when a social worker is presented with a case where they are not familiar with the surrounding psychosocial issues. Because social workers are on a continual journey in learning, it is important to read pertinent literature. This Discussion provides an opportunity to visit Walden Library and strengthen your skills in identifying and locating an empirical research article.
To prepare: Select one of these three groups: (1) an immigrant individual from a racial or ethnic minority group, (2) a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individual, OR (3) an individual who is physically disabled. Review the Walden Library resources listed in the Learning Resources. Then conduct a library search for an empirical study focused on one of the groups above and the unique psychosocial factors or issues a social worker should be aware of when working with that group.
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Post: Post the APA-style reference for the article you found in the library. Describe four specific psychosocial factors that should be taken into account in order to understand the psychosocial context when working with the group you selected. (Two of these factors should be psychologically related and two of these factors should be socially related). Identify and explain a psychosocial intervention that addresses one of the four specific psychosocial factors you described above. Identify 1 to 2 outcomes you might measure if you were to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. Evaluate one advantage of using a psychosocial framework in social work practice with the group you chose.
Required Readings Turner, F. J. (Ed.). (2017). Social work treatment: Interlocking theoretical approaches (6th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Chapter 26: The Psychosocial Framework of Social Work Practice (pp. 411–419)
Chapter 30: Role Theory and Concepts Applied to Personal and Social Change in Social Work (pp. 452–470) Blakely, T. J., & Dziadosz, G. M. (2008). Case management and social role theory as partners in service delivery. Care Management Journals, 9(3), 106–112. doi:10.1891/1521-09126.96.36.199
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases. Dulin, A. M. (2007). A lesson on social role theory: an example of human behavior in the social environment theory. Advances in Social Work, 8(1), 104–112. Retrieved from https://advancesinsocialwork.iupui.edu/index.php/advancesinsocialwork/article/view/134 Document: Worksheet: Dissecting a Theory and Its Application to a Case Study (Word document) Walden Library. (n.d.-a). Library webinar archives: Webinars on library skills. Retrieved December 8, 2017, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/webinararchives/libraryskillswebinars
Browse this site to view webinars that introduce you to the Walden Library, including “Introduction to the Library” and “Search Strategies for New Students” Walden Library. (n.d.-b). Searching and finding information in the library databases: Overview. Retrieved December 8, 2017, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/searchingfinding Walden University: Academic Skills Center. (n.d.-a). Microsoft PowerPoint resources: Quick guide. Retrieved December 8, 2017, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ASC/software/PPT/quickguide
Use this resource to learn skills for creating your PowerPoint presentation. Document: Theory Into Practice: Four Social Work Case Studies (PDF) Document: Guide for Creating and Uploading a PowerPoint Presentation (PDF) Required Media Laureate Education. (2017a). Theories knowledge check, part 1 [Interactive media]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Document: Theories Knowledge Check, Part 1 Transcript (PDF) Optional Resources Healy, K. (2016). After the biomedical technology revolution: Where to now for a bio-psycho-social approach to social work? British Journal of Social Work, 46(5), 1446–1462. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcv051