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Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

Week two is a cross-sectional look at some of the perspectives, frameworks, and theories commonly used in social work. It should assist in gaining awareness about the difference between these ways of thinking discussed in social work literature. We will look into the following:

After this session, students will be able to articulate the difference between perspectives, theories, and frameworks. Students will also have knowledge about a couple of theoretical options for their integrative paper due later in the semester.

Unit Assignments

Read the two articles linked above and attend class on Wednesday.

Unit Resources

The readings for this week are not out of the textbook and are being provided to help supplement the discussion. We won’t directly be talking about them during class. Green and McDermott (2010) provide some context and understanding related to the person in the environment. De Jonge and Miller (1995) give helpful ideas for how to draw out strengths from clients, which is an essential aspect of implementing strengths perspective. The hope of these readings 1 is to introduce you to some peer-reviewed journal articles and to some of the theories they discuss. It can help develop your integrative paper due at the end of the semester.

The presentation for Fall 2022 SOWK 486w Week 02 - Practice Related to Perspectives, Frameworks, & Theories

View Fall 2022 SOWK 486w Week 02 - Practice Related to Perspectives, Frameworks, & Theories.

If you are also interested, I have a video discussing using Zotero to keep my references updated. You can see it at Transdisciplinary Literature Reviews using Zotero, How I Manage References [YouTube Video].

A couple of years ago, when I was teaching SOWK 459, Social Science Research Methods, I had a lesson Week 04 - Theoretical Frameworks - What is behind the research that we complete, which had some good information to dive a bit more into various theories within social work.

View Week 04 - Theoretical Frameworks - What is behind the research that we complete.


Green, D., & McDermott, F. (2010). Social work from inside and between complex systems: Perspectives on person-in-environment for today’s social work. British Journal of Social Work, 40(8), 2414–2430.

De Jonge, P., & Miller, S. D. (1995). How to interview for the client’s strengths. Social Work, 40(6), 729–736.

To Do Lists

  1. Please note that using the author’s names in the “text” of my discussion here is what an in-text citation is, and there are also reference list entries. This is what APA formatting looks like in writing. You will see it in your textbook and most journal articles you read as part of your ongoing studies. There is a link at the end of each reference. This is what is called a DOI number. It is helpful to find what article is being discussed and even put the material into software like Zotero or Mendeley. The url is not generally helpful for reading the article, as it usually takes you to the journal’s abstract page for the piece. Most journals cost, and you get access to them through the university library (unless it’s open access). I’ve turned the title of each article into a link attached to the file so you can download and read the article.