Discussion Post: Using Power in Social Work Practice
Politics represents efforts by people in governmental and nongovernmental settings to secure their policy wishes by developing and using power resources.
-Bruce S. Jansson, Becoming an Effective Policy Advocate: From Policy Practice to Social Justice (8th ed.)
Social workers are in the business of empowering people. They are also often faced with power structures that are entrenched and difficult to navigate. Skillful policy practitioners recognize the many kinds of power resources that exist, thus expanding their options in specific situations. As a social worker, you will learn various strategies that can create and expand personal networks that might be useful in negotiating your policy practice within an agency. You want your power resources to be recognized as effective ways to get things done, not as coercion and force.
In this Discussion, you identify various kinds of power resources (including person-to-person, substantive, process, and procedural) that you can use to secure the adoption of a policy proposal.
To prepare: Review Chapter 10 in your text, focusing on Jansson's categorization of types of power resources in the policy-enacting task.
Provide a Discussion Post containing the following content, topics, and headings:
1) A description of how social workers use power resources in their social work practice and advocacy.
2) Select a type of power resource you would use in your practice and advocacy for clients and groups with Substance Use Disorder.
3) Describe the ethical issues or concerns in using the type of power resource you selected. Use the NASW Code of Ethics to provide content for this section.
The response must include a reference list. Using Times New Roman 12 pnt font, double-space, one-inch margins, and APA style of writing and citations.