SOC 372 All Weeks Discussions GCU



SOC 372 All Weeks Discussions GCU

SOC 372 Topic 1 DQ 1

Explain how the social work field differs from the other social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology). Compare and contrast the varying levels (micro, mezzo, macro) where social workers are employed. Identify and explain the purpose of the social worker role in each.

SOC 372 Topic 1 DQ 2

Choose two different career paths within the field of social work. Explain the educational requirements, for entry into and for advancement in each of the two careers. Explain if you feel the educational requirements are sufficient for the role people in both careers play. Explain why.

SOC 372 Topic 2 DQ 1

Given the following circumstances, use the NASW Code of Ethics to discuss which ethical values/principles are involved and how you would react. Why?

  1. When working with a minor client, he/she admits to using alcohol and then later asks you not to tell his/her parent.
  2. A client you have been working with for 18 months asks if you would like to go out for coffee after their session.

SOC 372 Topic 2 DQ 2

Promoting social justice is one of the core values of the social work profession. Discuss the various roles a social worker can play in this struggle and the potential challenges they may face. Discuss the ways in which the values of the social work profession overlap with a Christian worldview in the area of promoting social justice.

SOC 372 Topic 3 DQ 1

Analyze the administrator’s role in ensuring that evidence-based practices are being utilized within an agency. How can administrators stay up-to-date on current research within the field and why is this important?

SOC 372 Topic 3 DQ 2

Explain the various goals of both clinical social work and case management. In what ways do they differ and how might they overlap? Considering a future career in the field of social work, which sounds more appealing to you? Why?

SOC 372 Topic 4 DQ 1

Differentiate between the three group work models: social goals, remedial goals, and reciprocal goals. Compare and contrast the various circumstances where one might be more appropriate than another in addressing the needs of the group.

SOC 372 Topic 4 DQ 2

Find an instance in your community where community organizers were involved in helping to enact change. Explain the principles of community organization that were used in the example you found. What role do social workers play in using those principles to address the needs of the community?

SOC 372 Topic 5 DQ 1

John is a 35-year-old male who has a history of excessive alcohol use and depression. He recently divorced from his wife of 10 years, who has primary custody of their two children. Currently, he has visitation every other weekend but was referred to you because there have been concerns regarding his recent behavior. He has been late to his meetings with the children on numerous occasions and is suspected of drinking alcohol again.

Using the task-centered model of clinical social work, what might you consider as potential task interventions when working with John? Why?

SOC 372 Topic 5 DQ 2

A growing trend in the field of social work is online therapy or e-therapy. Using the NASW website (, familiarize yourself with this movement. Discuss the pros and cons to both the social worker and the client when using this format. What are the potential concerns?

SOC 372 Topic 6 DQ 1

Considering the various populations with mental health needs, explain how a comprehensive mental health system should be designed to meet their needs. Does the current mental health system sufficiently address these? If not, how might it be improved?

SOC 372 Topic 6 DQ 2

Explain the various division of the health care field where social workers are involved. What are the specific roles of the social worker in these divisions? In which positions might it be helpful for social workers to use the SAD PERSONS paradigm when assessing client risk?

SOC 372 Topic 7 DQ 1

The family unit is at the core of our society. They provide the foundation for our future behaviors, experiences and relationships. For that reason, much attention has been focused on how to better support struggling families. Conduct your own research to determine what you feel are the most significant issues U.S. families are currently facing. As a social worker, how might you work with families to address these? Keep in mind that a social workers role is to not only help those in need, but to fight for social justice as well.

SOC 372 Topic 7 DQ 2

Research child welfare services in states across the country. Find one that is particularly more successful at meeting children’s needs than others. In what ways does their child welfare system differ from the state where you live? Which practices would you like to see implemented in your state?

SOC 372 Topic 8 DQ 1

Research and discuss the various roles social workers play within the department of corrections. What are the potential obstacles they may face? Include the conflicting values between the field of social work and the punitive focus of the criminal justice system. Consider how capital punishment relates.

SOC 372 Topic 8 DQ 2

Identify and discuss the various divisions of the child welfare system and the role of social workers in each. What do you see as the biggest obstacles for the social worker employed in this field?


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