As a social worker, often you need to use your policy advocacy skills to ensure that your clients are receiving the services that they need. Although you may tend to think of policy advocacy skills as separate from your clinical social work skills, they are very similar. Think of the skills that you would use in working with a client such as Jake Levy. How could you apply these skills to policy advocacy? How will you use these skills to identify the policy and social problems that are impacting these families? In this week’s Discussion, you will continue to follow the Levy, Bradley, Petrakis, and Cortez families to start the process of policy advocacy.
In this Discussion, select one of the four integrated videos and identify the problems experienced by the client(s). For this discussion, I chose the Tiffani Bradley video since you are already familiar with it.
Post your responses to the following:
*Who is defining the problem?
*What values are reflected in this definition of the problem?
*What is being omitted in this definition?
*What other problems do you see that are not being acknowledged?
Book reference for the week: Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice. (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Series.
Chapter 7, “Analyzing Problems in the First Step of Policy Analysis” (pp. 204-243)
Another useful resource: https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/assessment/promotion-strategies/social-planning-policy-change/main
Use subheadings and I will upload the 2 colleague posts for you to respond to as I receive them.
For more information on Policy Advocacy Skills read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Policy_advocacy
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