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Clinical Social Workers: Advocates for Social Justice (1 Credit Hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores the relationship between clinical social work, advocacy, and social justice, and recognizes advocacy as a strategy for achieving social justice.  The reading looks at a qualitative research study which examines how social workers incorporate social justice and advocacy efforts in their practice.  Three strategies for advocacy are identified:  instrumental advocacy, educational advocacy, and practical advocacy.

Value: Social Justice

Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice.

Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers’ social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people.  (NASW Code of Ethics)

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course does not meet CE requirements for National Certified Counselors. Read the complete description of this course…..

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