identify a potential ethical dilemma for mental health professionals related to your example and explain why this could be a dilemma.

identify a potential ethical dilemma for mental health professionals related to your example and explain why this could be a dilemma.

Social Work Theories 

Who is in need, what is the problem, and when did it occur?  Where does the problem exist, why does it exist, and how can I help? As a social worker, these questions are at the heart of what you do every day. The actions you take in order to answer these questions are based on the question “why.” Why does this problem exist? Why might this intervention work best? Theory is the reasoning that supports the answers to the question “why?” In social work education and practice, theory is the foundation of the profession, it can ensure accountability, it can help avoid discrimination, and it can make sense of complexity and uncertainty. The concept of theory involves theory types, in which social workers attempt to answer the question “why” for a given situation or presenting concern. Those theory types include micro, meso (also referred to as mezzo within the industry), macro, and scientific theory, as well as paradigm, model, perspective, and ideology. How might your understanding of these terms inform the work you do as a social worker?

 

For this Discussion, review the theory types from this week’s resources (micro, meso, macro, and scientific theory, perspective, paradigm, model, and ideology). Then select the theory type that appeals to you most. Consider a case you might encounter in social work practice for which that theory type might apply. Finally, think about why it might be the best one for that case.

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