SOCW 6520 wk 5 assignment 2: Policy Identification
According to the Council on Social Work Education, Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice:
Social workers understand that human rights and social justice, as well as social welfare and services, are mediated by policy and its implementation at the federal, state, and local levels. Social workers understand the history and current structures of social policies and services, the role of policy in service delivery, and the role of practice in policy development. Social workers understand their role in policy development and implementation within their practice settings at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels and they actively engage in policy practice to effect change within those settings. Social workers recognize and understand the historical, social, cultural, economic, organizational, environmental, and global influences that affect social policy. They are also knowledgeable about policy formulation, analysis, implementation, and evaluation.
Walden’s MSW program expects students in their specialization year to be able to:
- Evaluate the implication of policies and policy change in the lives of clients/constituents.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills that can be used to inform policymakers and influence policies that impact clients/constituents and services.
This assignment is intended to help students demonstrate the behavioral components of this competency in their field education.
To prepare: Working with your field instructor, identify a social problem that is common among the organization (or its clients) and research current policies at that state and federal levels that impact the social problem. Then, from a position of advocacy, identify methods to address the social problem (i.e., how you, as a social worker, and the agency advocate to change the problem). You are expected to specifically address how both you and the agency can effectively engage policy makers to make them aware of the social problem and the impact that the policies have on the agency and clients.
The Assignment (2-3 pages):My Internship is at Sound Options In Tacoma Washington the social problem chosen is affordable housing this social issue is affecting everyone in this area and at sound options we are trying to help our clients ( mostly the elderly stay in their chosen home and helping them get resources they need at costs they can afford. Most of our clients make to much or have to much money to get state assistance most are private pay). This is a Masters in social work
- Identify the social problem
- Explain rational for selecting social problem
- Describe state and federal policies that impact the social problem
- Identify specific methods to address the social problems
- Explain how the agency and student can advocate to change the social problem
In text citations and full references APA 7th addition has been uploaded for you
Here is a web cite for sound options https://www.soundoptions.com/