Theory and practice Type: Essay Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Due Date: 16 Jun 14 11:59 Weight: 45% 2,000 words Task Description: Topic: Theory and Practice Essay: 2,000 words Weight: 45% Due date: 16 June In response to a case study provided by the lecturer, students are required to define and describe four (4) social work theories and demonstrate how these theories apply to the case provided. The essay will need to demonstrate students understanding of the assessment, intervention and evaluation processes of social work practice and refer to the AASW Standards for Practice and the AASW Code of Ethics (copies can be found on Blackboard) linking all to the case study. In this essay, you will use a minimum of 8 references. All of these references need to come from social work literature. Students must not quote lecture slides, Wikipedia or websites for this assessment. Essay requirements: Essays need to be written using a size 12 font, 1.5 line spacing and with a Harvard Referencing style. All essays will be submitted via Turnitin. Please note: any essays returning a similarity report of 15% or over will be referred to the integrity officer for a plagarisim assessment. Criteria & Marking: Assessment 4 Part A marking criteria Understanding and addressing of task LENGTH 2,000 WORDS Marks 45 Demonstrated understanding of the definition of each of the theories chosen 1 mark for understanding each theory; 1 mark for demonstrating an understanding of the origins of each theory. O O O O O O O O Little or no understanding of the theories chosen. /8 Demonstrated understanding of the application of those theories to the case situation 2 marks for demonstrating the application of each of the theories to practice. O O O O O O O O Little or no understanding of the application of theory to practice /8 Demonstrated understanding of assessment used in social work practice 2 marks for clarity around an understanding of assessment for each theory. O O O O O O O O Little or no understanding of assessment used in social work practice /8 Demonstrated understanding of intervention using each of theories chosen 2 marks for demonstrating understanding of interventions used for each theory. O O O O O O O O Little or no understanding of intervention used in social work practice /8 Demonstrated understanding of evaluation used for each of the major interventions 1 mark for understanding evaluation and the application to the major interventions. O O O O Little or no understanding of evaluation used in social work practice /4 Demonstrated capacity to use social work literature and the AASW Code of Ethics and the AASW Standards of Practice. 1 mark for the use of a diverse range social work literature; 1 each for applied reference to the AASW Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. O O O Limited use of social work literature and the AASW Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. /3 ATTENTION TO DETAIL Good grammar, correct spelling and correct word length. ½ each for grammar and spelling and 1 mark for word length. O O Several ungrammatical sentences, or incorrect word length. /2 Correct citation of references 2 marks for correct in text referencing and 2 marks for correct reference list. O O O O Incorrect referencing /4 / 45 Case scenario for the SWSP1033 major assignment Agency context: You are a recently graduated social worker who is employed as a caseworker in a small non-government agency. Your organization “Pathfinders for Young People” is an inner city youth service in Brisbane. The organisation provides information; referral; medium to long term casework support, material aid and housing assistance to young people. Access to services is based on those people who are under the age of 25 years. Presenting issue: Emily Lang is an 18 year old woman who has presented at the agency in a distressed state requesting material aid assistance to purchase a bus ticket so she can travel to Townsville to be with her biological father, Jack Rogers (who works on the army base in catering). Background information gathered at 1st interview: Emily worked at a local café until she was fired 2 weeks ago. She had taken too many days off sick so the boss told her she had to go because she was unreliable (this was her only income). Emily stated that she was totally humiliated by that experience but also really angry at the fact it wasn’t her fault she had to take off so many sick days. She explained how much she really loved the work and the people and that leaving was not her choice. When questioned about what she meant she told you her story. Emily is the oldest of three children. The other children Lauren (aged 14 years) and Benjamin (aged 8 years) still live at home with their mother Bridget and step-father Scott Lang. Her mother and biological father separated when Ben was a baby and she re-married about two years later. When her mother re-married they all changed their names by common usage to Lang and while Emily has been going by this family name since that time she feels she would like to go back to her legal name Rogers. Emily states that her step-father is violent to her mother and to all of them and around 3 years ago her mother started to beat them up as well, particularly when they didn’t do things exactly like Scott wanted. There were many times she couldn’t go to work because of the bruises on her face and neck where her mother attacked her. She says that her mother usually hurt her around the face area and Scott would use the belt and hit her around the back and backside. Emily tells you that Scott is a school teacher and “plays the nice guy act” to everyone so no-body knows what he is doing at home. In fact, she states the neighbours, family and friends think he is great and they are a loving family. As she tells her story you notice a mark on her arm that appears to resemble a knife wound and you ask her about it. Emily covers it quickly and then hesitantly explains that she has been cutting herself (self-harming) for some time but since the trouble at home has gotten worse she feels the need to do it more and more. There have not been any hospital admissions or medical treatment for this as she has been able to keep the wounds and scars hidden so no-one but you know about this. She tells you that the mark you saw she did two weeks ago (when she was fired) and is causing her a lot of discomfort and is not healing like the others. Through tears she tells you that she is at breaking point and discloses that she has been seriously considering killing herself. Emily has not seen her father since she was 14 and knows he has another family but she says anything would be better than living with her mother and stepfather’s violence.