Social Work Highlights Focusing on Lucinda and Domestic Violence

With Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory in mind and while examining the different aspects of my life, I see how my life can be divided into the various layers he described. According to the textbook, “The focus of professional social work practice may be at any level in the social systems continuum – at the microlevel, individuals, families, and groups; at the mezzo level, formal groups and organizations; at the macrolevel, community, society, or even the world community.” When looking at my life and the micro level, some of the influences in my life at this level would be my interpersonal relationships with my immediate family, my boyfriend, my counselor, and UNCC.

The article, Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Model of Development, writes that, “In order for an interaction to be considered part of the mesosystem, it has to be a direct interaction between two aspects of the microsystem that influences the development of the individual”.

Based on this, an interaction between two aspects of my microsystem could be my mom being in contact and having a positive relationship with my counselor.

This interaction also influences me as an individual. The learning theories website article also discusses how the macrolevel “encompasses cultural and societal beliefs and programming that influence and individual’s development”. Based on that, I think that laws pertaining to Emotional Support Animals is a macrolevel influence. My dog is an ESA and laws changing around where he is allowed would influence my life. On the text page 74, the social work highlights discussing Lucinda and domestic violence is an example of the social work method of case work.

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I think that the social worker would be engaging in case work, because they would be directly working with Lucinda and her close interpersonal relationships and environments.

The textbook writes how through counseling, Lucinda can learn about the problem of domestic violence as being both a personal and social problem. Public agencies are typically sponsored and funded through the government by legislation, while private agencies don’t receive funding from the government, and instead from multiple sources. Non-profit agencies and for-profit agencies are usually both part of private agencies. The textbook writes that, non-profit agencies are more focused on a service motive rather than focusing on gaining profit, so their earnings go back into their programs. For-profit agencies are focused on profit motive and return some of their earnings back to investors and shareholders.

One-way services are funded is through fees-for-service. This is when a client pays for the service they are receiving. In our textbook, it discusses the pros and cons of using this type of funding, “Those favoring the fee arrangement argue that personally paying for services increases clients’ commitment in social work relationships. Those who argue against a fee-for-service system suggest that fees create a two-class system of service – one level for those who can pay and a different level for those who cannot”. Another way services are funded, is through grants, which is money that is awarded to social service organizations that apply for it and give a grant proposal. A pro of this type of funding is that social service organizations can reach out to numerous different places to apply for a grant. A con of this type of funding could be that an organization can’t rely on being chosen for a specific grant.

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