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Media, Information and Technoculture
Media, Information and Technoculture 3375F/G
Nigmendra Narain

What is Social Work Practice? September 26, 2012  Social work is not a mechanical practice/process but rather an interplay of action, reflection and more action. o There is no exact system, as problems are individualistic  “Social work practice essentially consists of a series or process of interventionist actions.  Each person is viewed as unique; requires ability to think on one’s feet  ACTION  REFLECTION  ACTION  Three kinds of social work practice: individual, community, and group  Social workers are NOT in the business of giving advice o Have to guide the person to the correct way, but are not supposed to say do this, then this, then this. Knowledge, Skills and Values  Knowledge o Theory – are brought to the practice to be used as a general lens when analyzing specific cases. o Example  social welfare system? o What it means to help.  Skills o Interpersonal
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