How do Social Workers Work Within Organizations, Communities, and Larger Systems? Here’s 8 Facts to Tell you How!-Carly Danowitz

  1. There are 3 levels of social work interventions; macro, mezzo, and micro. Macro includes social policy, community organizing, and administration. Group and family interventions fall under the mezzo category. Micro interventions are for individuals. (John Vassello, 2016, Week 2: Leadership)




  1. 5 Common themes in which social work leaders differ from leaders of other professions are commitment to the NASW code of ethics, a systemic perspective, a participatory leadership style, altruism, and concern about the public image of the profession. (Hutchinson & Rank, 2000, p. 493)




  1. A major element of social work leadership is proaction. Proaction includes motivating, organizing, directing, advocating, mobilizing, energizing, and mentoring. (John Vassello, 2016, Week 2: Leadership)




  1. The mission of a social worker is to enhance the image of the social work profession and to represent the members of the profession. (John Vassello, 2016, Week 2: Leadership).



  1. Macro practice social workers are agents of change who are committed to protecting those who are oppressed or vulnerable, advancing fairness for all, and ensuring equality of opportunity and outcome. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 60)




  1. Community practice social workers help people form groups in which address social problems that are negatively affecting the community. These social workers help people help themselves to build resources, develop social power, and develop political power. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 64-65)




  1. Skills that are imperative to have to become a social work leader are community development, interpersonal skills (communication), technological, political, risk taking, and cultural competence. (Hutchinson & Rank, 2000, p. 495-496)



  1. The upper management and executive staff at the executive level of administration social work are responsible for both external relationships and internal operations. The leadership positions available are the chief executive officer, president and vice president. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 62)





DiNitto, D., & McNeece, C. (2008). Social work: Issues and opportunities in a

challenging profession (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.

Rank, M., & Hutchison, W. (2000). An analysis of leadership within the social work

profession. Journal of Social Work Education, 36(3), 487-502.

Vassello, J. (2016). Week 2: Leadership





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