Self-Awareness Workbook for Social Workers

ISBN-10: 0205290299
ISBN-13: 9780205290291
Edition: 1999 (Workbook)
List price: $81.00
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Description: This workbook can be used in social work practice courses, and is particularly well-suited for use in courses that deal with ethnic-sensitive practice or practice with vulnerable and oppressed groups. The workbook enables students to explore their  More...

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Book details

List price: $81.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/24/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 155
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This workbook can be used in social work practice courses, and is particularly well-suited for use in courses that deal with ethnic-sensitive practice or practice with vulnerable and oppressed groups. The workbook enables students to explore their own issues and feelings around self-identity, difference, experiences with others, and negative beliefs and stereotypes about others. The workbook format provides personalized exercises and assignments that allow students to address the issues most relevant to them. The tear-out pages allow students to keep their workbook pages for private self-examination. Three Unit Assignments address principal goals, and are intended to be submitted as class assignments. Unit I explores the value base of the profession, and asks the student to reflect upon his/her values and their relationship to the reasons that he/she is seeking professional social work education, affirming areas of congruence between personal and professional values and commitments. Unit II engages the student in personal self-assessment, including a review of influential persons in the students life, beliefs and feelings about others, and helps the student to develop a definition of identity, both individually and in terms of group affiliations. Unit III asks students to consider the work of Unit I and II together, and to explore areas where personal beliefs, attitudes and values may impact negatively on professional obligations and competent professional practice. The workbook is written in a friendly and casual style, to encourage students to feel comfortable in exploring difficult material.

Each chapter begins with “Introduction” and concludes with “Chapter Exercise.”
Each unit concludes with “Unit Summary.”
You and the Social Work Profession
Introduction
A Very Special Mission
Historical Perspective
Ethical Perspective
Merging Personal and Professional Goals
Professional Goals
Personal Goals
Disempowerment, Oppression, and the Professional Encounter
Learning One's “Place” in the World
The Professional Encounter
Our Clients' Experiences
Our Own Experiences
A Brief Look at Client Populations
“Population” Implies a Shift from “Case” to “Class.” Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations
Disempowered Populations
Vulnerable, At-Risk, and Disempowered Populations are Oppressed Populations
Oppressed Populations in the United States Today
Oppression in the Social Work Encounter
Unit I Assignment: Values and Goals
Exploring Self-Identity
Theories of Identity Development
Comprehensive Theories of Identity Development
Identity Crisis
Racial/Ethnic/Cultural Identity Formation
Gender Identity Development
Gay and Lesbian Identity Development
Disabled Person Identity Development
Exploring and Affirming Your Personal Identity
Individual Identity
Ascribed, Prescribed, and Self-Selected Identity
Recognizing the Influence of Others on Your Personal Identity Development
The Family
The Extended Family Group
The School and Peer Group
The Community
The College Years
The Workplace
Exploring “Other.” “We” : A Sometimes Shifting Concept
Unit II Assignment: Personal Identity
Developing a Model for Growth and Change
Introduction
Viewing “Other” through the Lens of Professional and Personal Values and Commitments
Professional Values and Commitments
Personal Values and Commitments
Recognizing Conflict: Our Values and “Other.” Assessing the Commitment for Change
A Model for Change
Selecting a Population
Intellectual Learning
Learning from Literature and Film
Learning from Immersion
Learning from Individuals
Reassessing “Other.” Writing Your Experience
Sharing with Peers
Reexamining Your Feelings and Beliefs about Your Selected “Other.” Sharing with Family Members, Friends, and Others
Self-Awareness as a Way of Life
Affirming Personal Identity
Defining “Other.” Changing Our Definitions
Content and Process: Familiar Terms in a New Context
Using the Process
Self Awareness Is a Life-Long Project
Unit Assignment: Application of the Change Model
Bibliography

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