An introduction to applying social work theories and methods by Barbra Teater

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Empowerment. The social worker and client are working to enhance the power of the client. Empowerment could be enhanced by linking the client to informal or formal support systems and/or participating in political activities in order to advocate for services and resources. Case example: applying systems theory and the ecological perspective to practice Randeep is a 43-year-old, Indian male who was born in Southern India and moved to England at the age of 19 to attend university. 117] at [07/18/16].

The purpose for the theory development stems from the desire to explain the complex interplay of various parts of a system and how these different parts interact to purposely create a whole. According to von Bertalanffy, the human being is the most complex system (Andreae, 2011). Among the first to apply general systems theory to social work were Pincus and Minahan (1973; 1977) and Goldstein (1973; 1977), who used systems theory in their discussion and application of the unitary model, and Specht and Vickery (1977), particularly in the UK, who discussed the application of the systems theory to casework.

117] at [07/18/16]. Copyright © McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC. Not to be redistributed or modified in any way without permission. SYSTEMS THEORY AND THE ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE AN INTRODUCTION TO APPLYING SOCIAL WORK THEORIES AND METHODS 2 3 4 ecological perspective, this relationship is often written as person:environment fit and can be further explained as being positive, negative or neutral (Gitterman and Germain, 2008). Individuals strive for a good person:environment fit. Individuals strive to maintain a good level of fit between themselves and their environment as they move through the life course.

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