Responding to the social problems that affect the populations you serve as a social worker is only one aspect of the professional responsibility you must undertake. The ability to be proactive by identifying disparities and gaps in policies is just as important. However, in order to be an effective advocate and to fully participate in the policy process, it is important that you be able to connect theory and research to policy-making decisions. Having the knowledge and skills to implement new policies and policy alternatives without creating new disparities is a skill all social workers need to possess.
For this Assignment, consider what you have learned about the possible causes of the social problem you selected.
By Day 7
Assignment (2–4 pages, APA format): Your paper should include:
- A description of the known explanations or causes of the issue you selected in your Social Issues paper in Week 3
- A description of the theoretical explanations and approaches scholars and policy analysts used to discuss this issue
- A description of the policies that have resulted from these discussions and an explanation of whether they are effective at resolving the issue
Popple, P. R., & Leighninger, L. (2015). The policy-based profession: An introduction to social welfare policy analysis for social workers. (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Chapter 7, “Aging: Social Security as an Entitlement” (pp. 139-163)
NASW. (2009). Social work speaks. Washington, DC: NASW Press.
Long-term Care (pp. 223–228)
U.S. Social Security Administration. (n.d.). Retrieved October 10, 2013, from http://www.ssa.gov/
Congressional Budget Office. (2010). Social Security policy options. Retrieved from http://www.cbo.gov/publication/21547
Support your Assignment with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.