Social Work With Target Populations

Write a short paper (maximum three pages, double-spaced) choosing a population in our society that is viewed as disadvantaged or discriminated against, such as persons living in poverty, people with a disability, individuals with mental illness, immigrants, a minority ethnic or religious group, native peoples, children or youth, or members of the LGBT community.

  • How are social problems defined or viewed by society in relation to this population?
  • How are social justice issues framed in relation to this population?
  • What do social workers do when working with this population (this is a micro system perspective)? Explain and evaluate:
    • How do they assess needs, engage clients, and design and deliver interventions?
    • How do they validate their processes and practices (how do they know their interventions work)?
  • How do social beliefs influence the way this group or population is viewed and supported by the social work profession? (This is a macro system perspective.)
  • What is your appraisal of the relationship between the philosophical intentions of social work, the United States mindset regarding this population, and society in general?

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To successfully complete this assignment, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (sixth edition) style and formatting.
  • Number of resources: Minimum of 4 resources.
  • Length of paper: 3 pages, double-spaced, not counting cover page and references.
  • Font and font size: Arial or Times New Roman, 12-point.

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