Mezzo-Level Practice: Groups and Organizations
Socioeconomic status has been found to affect both the need for and access to social services. On a global scale, many individuals with mental and developmental disabilities live in poverty, unable to afford basic life essentials such as shelter, food, and access to health care. Research has found that poverty manifests its effects on human development through family stability, early education and care, and neighborhoods.
The discipline of social work is closely entwined with battling poverty from its onset. Social workers focus on both the individual (who is poor) and the environment (circumstances that lead to poverty) to determine which services might be needed to assist clients as well as assessing which policies might need to be developed to mitigate the impact of poverty. In addition to working with the poor, social workers also may assist individuals who may need help in becoming self-sufficient such as women, children, and individuals with mental illness. This dual approach to social work (micro-macro) is rooted in social work practice (Rothman & Mizrahi, 2014).
The micro and macro levels of practice bookend the mid, or mezzo, level of practice. This week’s readings focus on mezzo practice, and the assignment asks you to apply what you learn about groups. Group work is an established strategy for pursuing social justice and is the preferred method of treating a variety of individual and social problems.
Be sure to review this week’s resources carefully. You are expected to apply the information from these resources when you prepare your assignments.
Rothman, J., & Mizrahi, T. (2014). Balancing micro and macro practice: A challenge for social work. Social Work, 59(1), 91–93.
Books and Resources for this Week
- Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Shifting Paradigms in Essential Knowledge for Social…
- How to Prepare a Pamphlet or Brochure [PDF file].
Week 7 – Assignment: Examine Access to Group Treatment Opportunities in Your Community
Your task is to create an informational brochure to educate people in your community about groupwork and local organizations that provide group treatment. Your brochure must include the following:
- A basic description of group work appropriate for your community audience
- A description of at least two evidence-based group treatments
- Information on three agencies in your community that provide group treatment and detailed descriptions of the groups they offer. Include all of the information that a member of the community would need in order to access services in each of these groups.
Finally, submit a brief Video Note in NCUOne. Your video should identify a social policy at the local, state, or federal level that impacts the delivery of, or access to, group treatment in your community.
To create a video note, select the Record video option in the assignment submission area. You will need your webcam to complete this video. Press the New Recording button when you are ready to record your video note and the Stop Recording when finished. Click the Add button to include the video in your assignment submission. Note, the Video Note tool records a maximum of 3 minutes. Plan on splitting your video into multiple segments if need be.
Alternate assignment: If you do not have access to a webcam, prepare a 1-2 page paper addressing your recommendation in addition to the brochure.
Support your assignment with at least three scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including seminal articles, may be included.
Length: 3-5 brochure pages plus short video clip, not including title or reference pages
Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards where appropriate. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.
Upload your document, and then click the Submit to Dropbox button.