By Barbra Teater
A student-friendly advent to social paintings theories and techniques, drawing on present social paintings research.
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Although systems theory and the ecological perspective tend to hold the same premises and basic assumptions, they each have their unique terminology. The ecological perspective was developed within the social work profession due to a criticism of the non-human language of systems theory, such as ‘system’, ‘equilibrium’ and ‘homeostasis’, and a lack of direction for the social worker after assessment of systems. Because ecology focused on the study of person-in-environment and was based more on biology rather than on physical origins, theorists found the language and approach to be more appropriate for explaining and assessing individuals in their environments and providing a foundation for social work practice (Germain, 1979; Gitterman and Germain, 2008).
These acts of discrimination could have greatly contributed to Randeep’s feelings of depression. Because Randeep feels Natalie and his friends do not understand him, he has stopped expressing his thoughts and feelings to them, which in turn has caused Natalie and his friends to lessen the amount and extent of their involvement and interaction with Randeep. This situation could also have contributed to Randeep’s feelings of depression. Systems theory You are able to determine that Randeep is experiencing racism and discrimination and feelings of frustration from Natalie (inputs) that when processed by Randeep (throughput) contribute to his feelings of low self-worth and depression (outputs).
INTRODUCTION TO THEORIES AND METHODS Systems theory and the ecological perspective Introduction The profession of social work has consistently been concerned with ‘helping people and promoting responsive environments that support human growth, health, and satisfaction in social functioning’ (Gitterman and Germain, 2008, p. 51). The acknowledgement of social work to focus on the interaction of person and environment is expressed in the international definition of social work: ‘social work intervenes at the point where people interact with their environments’ (International Federation of Social Work, 2012).
An introduction to applying social work theories and methods by Barbra Teater