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There are many facets to Social Work and many different angles a person can look at what drives the need In this essay I will critically examine three approaches to social work These three include the Structural Perspective the First Nations perspective and the Feminist Perspective To start off looking at social work from a Structural Prospective is helping a worker to see from a wide scope lens In Karens story on the tape An Interview with four social workers we see a boy helped more by broadening the scope and looking at the invisible walls surrounding him By identifying these invisible walls we see more of a different perspective and helps us deal with the problem in a different light Each individual holds different beliefs assumptions and values of life and many angles need to be explored to evaluate a case When I was young I saw my family as very needy because of the lack of money and trying to feed eleven in all was very frustrating for my father My family was very proud and going on welfare was the last resort Back in the 60s if a family was on welfare the whole community new about it and we were labeled at school as poor Bags of clothes would appear on our doorstep and nobody would know where they came from The attitude of today is much different with regards to helping others People are more willing to give openly and help each other through hard times When I think back now my family had many private troubles which are now public issues Some of these include incest family violence child abuse learning disabilities grief poverty teenage pregnancy eating disorders residential school abuse sexual abuse and young offenders The invisible wall I see now that had a lot to do with the private troubles appearing was classism Friends teachers parents counselors coworkers and relatives
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