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ERIC Number: ED036817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep-26
Pages: 30
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Making Use of Systems Thought in Social Work Practice: Some Bridging Ideas.
Lathrope, Donald E.
Ways in which systems thought can be employed in military social work and social work in general are discussed. A four tiered effort is suggested in which each level successively comes closer to the problem of effectively using systems thought. First it calls for gaining sufficient familiarity with a systems perspective as a way of looking at things and thinking retrospectively and currently about problems of practice in systems terms. Second it calls for the fashioning of a systems approach out of the system perspective by identifying some of its critical elements and uniting these with a prospective stance and with concrete problems. At the third level it calls for divising and developing a set of procedures and techniques for systems analysis and systems design relative to problems handled in social work. The fourth level calls for the setting forth of probationary conceptual imperatives to link the essentials into an intelligible whole. Attention is also directed at model construction as a necessary intellectual tool in using systems thought and the following practice models are identified: (1) existing system, (2) intersystem, and (3) revamped or new system. The social worker is urged to share with others his experiences with system-oriented practice and his reflections on such experiences. (Author/RSM)
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Note: Paper presented at Conference on Current Trends in Army Social Work, Denver, Colorado, September 22-26, 1969