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By Michael Reisch

Social paintings literature usually displays strong ahistorical developments. those traits have produced analyses of social concerns that lack understanding of either the modern surroundings and the historic forces that formed it. the shortcoming of understanding of the connection among old and present occasions additionally contributes to the passive strategy many scholars take to schooling and stops scholars and practitioners from constructing a serious point of view and fascinating in politically trained perform. "For the typical sturdy" fills those ancient and conceptual gaps during the presentation of an anthology of chosen essays written by means of Dr Harold Lewis over the process his distinct 50-year profession in social paintings (1945-1995). lengthy stated as one of many highbrow leaders of the career and as a pupil who was once deeply occupied with the social and political problems with his occasions, Lewis' insights into the character and goal of social paintings perform, the epistemology of social paintings, and social paintings values and ethics are nonetheless clean and compelling. Over the process his occupation, Dr Lewis released good over a hundred scholarly articles and monographs. Reisch has chosen for this e-book these papers that most sensible mirror Lewis' rules and feature the main modern relevance in line with the 3 significant different types of Lewis' paintings: social paintings perform and coverage, social paintings values and ethics, and social paintings schooling.

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Ideally, workers are aware of the limits of recall, and are suspect of facile assumptions of causality. They seek facts that meet the criteria of authenticity associated with retrospective inquiries. They recognize that knowledge of origins may suggest explanations, but not achieve them. For the social worker, explanations are most useful when they account for all the known facts and suggest others that have not been previously identified. Explanations in social work must be applicable to the specific case.

The worker seeks explanations of an etiological nature through systematic inquiry, utilizing established “knowns” to summarize his or her ex post facto observations, and to test hypotheses that give meaning to these observations. However well-developed the knowledge of the etiology of the condition observed, there exists a need to establish this specific client’s unique responses to the factors contributing to his or her condition. This need is inevitable since one pervasive function of the social worker is to assist the client in maximizing his or her use of service resources whatever his or her condition, its origin and causes, expecting that the client’s efforts (to the degree to which he or she is capable) will contribute to the achievement of the service goal.

It would appear that Blenkner’s assumptions have had wide support in the profession. For almost a quarter of a century since her position was elaborated in a major casework journal, no challenge to it has appeared in print. Nevertheless, her assumptions should be challenged lest they continue to justify research efforts often typified by their dreary lack of innovative method and a mystical practice characterized by idiosyncratic styles. As a first step in initiating such a challenge let us consider whether, in fact, case-work practice excludes “a conceptual analytical approach to the phenomena and a drive to arrive at conclusions through rational induction or objective deduction…” REASONING IN PRACTICE: ASSUMPTIONS In order to practice effectively, it is necessary for workers to relate themselves to what is true, rather than to what they may wish to be true.

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