The 3 Levels of Social Work with Disabilities

1) Micro


Micro level refers to one-to-one bases work. “…the social worker directly assists the client and often the client’s family” (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p.228). The main job of a micro level social worker is to provide counseling to their patients. As with any other traumatic life experience, the patients and their families may experience feelings of depression. Other jobs of micro level workers include: “assessment, planning, writing service plans, implementing interventions, and evaluating the results of interventions” (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p.228).


2) Mezzo


Mezzo level refers to work with groups of patients. At the mezzo level, social workers also help develop policies. “Social workers … provide clinical consultation in their employing agency and sometimes for clients served by another agency. They may also provide programmatic consultation to another agency on how to set up an innovative program, thus saving the agency time and money” (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p.229). One of the biggest jobs for a mezzo level social worker in the field of disability care is working to open “community residence”, or group homes (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p.229).


3) Macro


Macro level work refers to work with large institutions. In the field of disability care, social workers are involved with, “…engaging in strategies such as policy making, lobbying, and legislative and court advocacy in order to end disability discrimination” (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p.229). Although not directly involved with patients, and therefore often overlooked, macro level social workers play large roles in making high level changes which then trickle down to better the disabled community as a whole.


Works Cited

DiNitto, D., & McNeece, Carl Aaron. (2008). Social work : Issues and opportunities in a challenging profession (3rd ed.). Chicago, Ill.: Lyceum Books.

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