SOCW 6530 Wk 5 Peer Responses

SOCW 6530 wk 5 peer responses

Respond to the blog posts of three colleagues in one or more of the following ways:

Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.


PEER 1 Alicia Simpkins

Intervention in social work refers to the stage where “the social worker should monitor client progress, and the client should bring to the social worker’s attention any challenges, obstacles, or threats to carrying out the action-plan” (Scarnato, 2019). So during this time, the social worker and client work together to ensure that the client is working towards accomplishing any goals. Typically, there are theories used during this time as a method to guide social workers on how to help clients address areas of concern, goals, etc.

In my field placement, we often move towards an intervention following a lengthy assessment. In the assessment, we are able to determine client needs and goals, or resources they may already have, etc. From there we are able to determine an appropriate intervention for the client/clients. For example, group IOP sessions are often the solution for our clients who struggle with substance abuse. With this particular solution, they are able to get the support they need and are able to rely on feedback from peers as well as the group facilitators in order to aid in their wellbeing. They also participate in CBT-based sessions once per week with the licensed counselor that we have on staff, in order to work towards establishing their goals as well as improving their overall mental health.


Scarnato, J. M. (2019). The Generalist Intervention Model for Social Work. Retrieved from MSW Careers:

PEER 2 David Jones

Interventions are used in most helping professions across the board. When individuals seek services, they are usually experiencing some type of social stressor. A social stressor is an event, series of events, or crisis experienced by a vulnerable individual, family, group, or community that moves the social condition to the status of a social problem (Garthwait, 2017). Social workers should have a wide variety of interventions to assist in bringing back homeostats to the individuals or family. The theory used by the social worker will determine the type of intervention used.

Within my current field placement at A New Vision for You, Cognitive behavioral therapy is used often. Cognitive behavioral therapy interventions consist of combating negative/false belief systems and retraining ones thinking to rational, positive thoughts. The way in which I address interventions in my field are to first, I had to learn what the agency preferred. Garthwait, 2017, suggested these following questions to consider: What social problems are addressed by your agency? How does your agency mission and programs address the social problem? How is this social problem related to other social problems? How is this social problem defined and understood?

Personally, I like to use worksheets, to help individuals visual a certain intervention, for substance abusers, worksheets and homework assignments are a great tool to utilize when trying to help them change their false beliefs. I have been able to observe my supervisor within my field and learned new interventions such as Motivational Interviewing (which involves enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence), Empowerment, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) (a short-term form of psychotherapy that helps you identify self-defeating thoughts and feelings, challenge the rationality of those feelings, and replace them with healthier, more productive beliefs). There is room to grow and learn new techniques, therefore I am always open to what other social workers have found beneficial in their practice.


Garthwait, C. L. (2017). The social work practicum: A guide and workbook for students (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

PEER 2 Seshna Ritchie

Social workers offer intervention to people, families, and gatherings, which empower them to address their needs and issues. The primary reason for these interventions is to help clients in alleviating problems and improving their prosperity. According to Laureate Education (2013), interventions are a chance to offer social workers an opportunity to look at the relatedness through them an evaluation. In my agency, I have addressed interventions through the generalist intervention model. According to Karpe (2015) in the practice setting Social Workers to utilize the generalist intervention model, a multilevel approach that allows social workers to work within a variety of environments, whether it be on a micro, mezzo, or macro level. It rests on 4 major premises:

1) Human behavior is inextricably connected to the social and physical environment
2) Opportunities for enhancing the functioning of any human system includes changing the system itself, modifying its interactions with the environment, and altering other systems within its environment
3) Work with any level of a human system—from individual to society—uses similar social work processes
4) Generalist practitioners have responsibilities beyond direct practice to work toward just social policies as well as to conduct and apply research.

In hospice social work, we provide a lot of therapeutic emotional support and use an empowerment approach to address end-of-life grieving. However, due to the fast rate at how the patient may transition or their level of cognitive awareness, we use generalist theory as it crucial in the steps of engagement and assessment. At times, it is rare for a patient to stay on services for longer than 3 months with terminal illness.


Karpe, R., (2015). Social Work Practice: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2013d). Intervention [Audio file]. Retrieved from

Healthcare System Trade-Offs & Organizational Strategic Leadership

Part I

The Trade-Off Analysis

In considering healthcare system trade-offs, politics plays a major role. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the current Medicaid system in the United States based on individual state policies is important to the political and legal platforms each state faces. As organizations seek to implement HMIS and IT program development, upgrades, and evaluations the organizations must be capable of separating the IT failures, budget overruns, and exogenous changes in enrollment that affect the healthcare system. In a minimum of 250 words, discuss the following:

Who is responsible on the state political level to propose legislature to overcome healthcare organizations concerns (trade-off) relating to patient enrollment and budget overruns?

What is Georgia’s responsibility in preparation for healthcare change such as the ACA?

How do healthcare leaders best integrate pre-existing conditions and long-term illness?

Must use at least one scholarly source and document all sources in APA style.

Part II

Overcoming Public Disinterestedness

Understanding the responsibility and concerns of healthcare is important in creating policies that leadership can use to streamline success. If strategic leadership is not realized over time, healthcare organizations’ political influences may face challenges and create public disinterestedness in health policies. These issues create restrictions on the healthcare organization’s ability to meet its financial budget, gain the community’s trust and involvement, and secure political influence(s). This negatively impacts the overall performance of the healthcare organization. The ideas of process innovation, risk-taking, health building analysis, and governance greatly impacts “sense-making” for those being led. These ideas bring understanding to the role of governance in the organization. Review the case study “Australian Surgery Indicator Makes the Front Page” in the attachment and discuss the following questions in a minimum of 250 words:

After your review, do the conclusions you draw from the case justify the headline? Why or why not?

Discuss the indications found in Table 15-1 and their effect on the health care organizations’ efficiency in elective surgery.

Evaluate the avoidable rate of canceled surgeries and develop an implementation plan to overcome the concerns.

Develop a mini policy to address the issues between the doctors and the organization.

Must use at least one scholarly source in addition to the source in the attachment and document all sources in APA style.

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Assignment: Multiracial Discrimination

Dalmage (2013) writes, “Parents and teachers  should be aware of the unique forms of discrimination faced by  multiracial children and the White supremacist system in which  discrimination flourishes” (p. 101). As social workers, we should be  aware of our own understanding of what it means to be multiracial in  society. This awareness includes a review of our own potential biases  that might exist. We need to challenge our own personal ideas about how  we categorize individuals and those assumptions that follow along with  those categories. Rather, we must respect our client’s experience as a  multiracial person in the world, beginning with asking him or her how  they would define themselves when completing an intake or assessment  form. Further, a social worker must be aware of the many forms of racism  and prejudice a person with a multiracial background might experience.  As Dalmage discusses, judgment comes from many sides with different  intentions and expectations. Being aware of the particular forms of  racism that a person who is multiracial will experience will give you  the ability to do your best to understand their experience and  empathize.

By Day 7

2- to 3-page.  Describe the impact of discrimination on individuals of multiracial  backgrounds. Describe the impact of biracial/multiracial or multiethnic  distinction on our society. Justify your response. How do these  distinctions relate to social work practice with individuals, families,  groups, and communities? Be sure to use APA formatting and references  from the Learning Resources and two additional peer-reviewed resources  from the Walden library about the discrimination against biracial and  multiracial individuals.

Discussion: Racism And Privilege

Post an explanation of the relationship between racism  and privilege. Furthermore, explain how the concepts of racism and  privilege relate to “Working With Individuals: The Case of Mary.”  Explain the impact of racism and privilege on social work practice.  Provide recommendations for how you as a social worker might use an  empowerment perspective when responding to Mary. Be specific and provide  examples from the case. Also, identify specific skills social workers  might employ.

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Case Study

For your initial post, introduce yourself to your instructor and peers. Share who you are, where you are from, and what your goals are for taking this course. Then, choose a topic of interest to you—cars/transportation, social media, marriage, or work, and pose a total of six questions related to that topic:

  • Two questions someone interested in psychology and the study of the individual might ask about the topic
  • Two questions someone interested in the study of sociology and society might ask about the topic
  • Two questions someone interested in anthropology and the study of past and present humans might ask about the topic

RESPOND TO Rebecca and Kasten posts. In your replies, highlight one or more of the questions they posed and reflect on the following: How might social science exploration of these questions be applied in everyday life? Again, be sure to incorporate the module resources to support your responses.

Rebecca post

Hi! My name is Rebecca Bartlett, I am the mother of 4 very different kiddos. I live in “America’s Hometown”, Plymouth MA. I am in my second term at SNHU studying Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. My goal for this course is to have a better understanding of the scientific questioning process and how it changes with each branch of study (psychology, sociology, and anthropology).

I have chosen Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as my topic. It is very important to me to understand PTSD as I have a veteran husband and a 13 yr old son both with PTSD.

1. How does PTSD affect individuals, of different ages, differently?

2. What happens mentally for an individual to chose fight or flight?

3. What is society’s view of PTSD in an individual?

4. Can society’s view be changed?

5. How has PTSD progressed or changed over time?

6. How has response to triggers changed over time? ie: hunting mammoths to war , how has the difference in response changed.

I look forward to engaging with as many people as I can in this class. I find understanding other’s views very enlightening!

Kasten post

The topic I choose was social media, I believe social media is sharpening our world whether that is for good or bad. It has such a wide range to reach so many people, across so many countries, and as well influence so many people. I think social media is one of the biggest cultures changing things we have seen in our history.

I think if I were viewing social media through the lens of psychology two questions I would ask are.

  1. How is social media affecting those who use it consistently?
  2. DO the negative effects of social media outweigh the good, or vice versa?

Now from a view of sociology, two questions I can think of are.

  1. How does social media impact the way our society can react or voice themselves, such as accidents or gun violence, and things of that nature?
  2. Can social media bring groups together and form closer bonds inside our societies.

And lastly two questions with the view of Anthropology

  1. How has the world changed from the impact of social media, versus when social media existed, are our cultures fundamentally the same or drastically different?
  2. What is the future of social media and the role it will play in our ever-changing world?

Advertisement Examples

Select four advertisements to support your work on the projects throughout this course. You can either choose all four from the Advertisement Examples PDF provided or include up to four ads that you find yourself. Guidance for selecting your own ads is included at the end of the Advertisement Examples handout. Your selected ads may be print, video, or radio. Either way, you should choose a total of four ads. If you include your own ads, be sure that they display interactions between people or convey ways that the product or service advertised will impact or influence people.

Your instructor will review your submissions and will ask you to resubmit any ads that do not meet the criteria. You may revise and resubmit your advertisement selection as many times as needed before the end of this module to gain full credit for this assignment.

Enter your four ad selections. If you are choosing ads that are not on the provided list, enter the URL for the ad or for an image that depicts the ad.

This assignment will help you prepare your work for your first major project. You can review the details of this project by accessing the Project 1 Comparison Template Guidelines and Rubric PDF document.

You will be using these advertisement selections in later assignments.

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Socw 6301 Social Work Research: Program Evaluation

Research questions that lend themselves to a qualitative approach often address questions about how people construct meaning. In this way, qualitative research questions set the stage for open-ended, inductive inquiry.

For this Discussion, review the case study entitled, “Social Work Research: Program Evaluation.” Consider the kinds of questions that inform a qualitative approach. Think about the quantitative method described in the case study and consider methods you might use to investigate the effectiveness of a program from a qualitative perspective.

By Day 3

Post your explanations of the following:

  • What kinds of research questions lead to a qualitative approach?
  • If you chose to conduct quantitative research in your Week 4 proposal, how might you reframe the research question in a way that lends itself to a qualitative approach?
  • If you focused on a qualitative proposal in Week 4, describe the qualitative research question and explain the rationale for choosing a qualitative approach.
  • Be sure to explain how you might collect the data.
  • Consider which qualitative method (case study, grounded theory, ethnographic research, cross-sectional research, feminist research, or participatory action research) would be most suitable for answering the research question.


Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

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Socw 6301 Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-based practice is integral to social work, as it often informs best practices. Competent social workers understand this connection in general and the ways it benefits clients in particular. For this Assignment, consider your informed opinion on the relationship between qualitative analysis and evidence-based practice.

By Day 7

Submit a 2-page that addresses the following:

  • Choose two qualitative research studies from this week’s resources and analyze the relationship between qualitative analysis and evidence-based practice.
  • Consider how the qualitative study contributes to social work practice and how this type of knowledge would fit into building evidence-based practice.
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Socw 6060 Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Imagine that some of your colleagues mention using cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and reality therapy. Your colleagues continue to say that based on their experiences, they really like these therapies and that they appear to work. Your instincts also tell you that perhaps they might be helpful for your client in your case study. However, from Week 1, you recall that experiences and instincts as sources of knowledge are quite limited because they are biased. Instead, it is important to utilize existing research and data to support your choices of interventions. Theory helps inform the evidence-based practice process that should guide social workers’ practice.

In this Discussion, you examine the research related to a therapy based on cognitive or cognitive behavior theory to determine its effectiveness.

To prepare:

  • Recall the client from the case study you have been using in this course. You will apply your research for this Discussion to that client.
  • Select one therapy from the following: cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, or reality therapy.
  • Conduct a search in the Walden Library for one peer-reviewed research study about the effectiveness of the therapy you selected.
    • Note: You must select a study that has not already been used by a colleague in the Discussion. Each student is required to identify a unique research study.
  • Remember when looking for studies to take into account your client’s age and developmental stage and presenting problem.
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Socw 6060 Cognitive Behavior Theory

This week, your theoretical orientation is cognitive behavior theory. You will use the same case study that you chose in Week 2 and have been analyzing in this course. Use the “Dissecting a Theory and Its Application to a Case Study” worksheet to help you dissect the theory. You do not need to submit this handout. It is a tool for you to use to dissect the theory and then you can employ the information in the table to complete your assignment.

In this Assignment, prepare a case presentation. It is common to present a case analysis in multidisciplinary team meetings or with your supervisor and colleagues. This assignment offers you an opportunity to provide insights and perspectives to a case.

To prepare:

  • Use the same case study that you chose in Week 2.
  • Read this article listed in the Learning Resources: González-Prendes, A. A., & Thomas, S. A. (2009). Culturally sensitive treatment of anger in African American women: A single case study. Clinical Case Studies, 8(5), 383–402.

    This article provides a nice framework for how the authors’ cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientation shaped the conceptualization of the case and assessment and intervention.