All theories, more or less, can be dissected into different dimensions. In other words, all theories will tell you something about the focus or unit of analysis. It will identify the major or key concepts. It will also point to the definition and the cause of the problem. This would then guide how the social worker assesses and intervenes because the theory will also articulate the role of the social worker and how change occurs.
Use this handout for the Week 2 Discussion. Select a theory that focuses on the individual and a theory that focuses on the structural or cultural level. Fill out the table to help you complete your Discussion.
|Individual-Related Theory||Structural/Cultural- Related Theory|
|Name of theory|
|Name of theorist|
|Focus or unit of analysis|
|Key concepts or terms|
|Explanation of the cause of the problem|
|Explanation of how change occurs or how client improves|
|Appropriate goals for clients|
|Role of the social worker|
|Focal point in assessment|
|Focal point in interventions|
|Specific practice intervention strategies|