Systems theory and the ecological perspective

Last week, you explored how systems theory and the ecological perspective emphasize the interaction between a human services organization and its environment. Any change in one part of the system effects change in another part of the system. Because organizations are not immune to their environment, local, national, and global events affect them.

Social workers in administrative roles must be able to identify and analyze the external factors that affect the function of the human services organizations for which they work. Though you may apply leadership and management skills as you assume an administrative position, you may also be able to repurpose many of the assessment skills you use in clinical practice for macro social work. Just as you gather information about a client and develop strategies for treatment at a micro level, so too, at a macro level, you gather and analyze information about a situation or program and identify appropriate strategies that will support positive organizational functioning.

For this Discussion, you address the Phoenix House case study in the Social Work Case Studies: Concentration Year text.

By Day 3Post by Day 3 an analysis of the supervisor’s role in the Phoenix House case study and identify leadership skills that might help the supervisor resolve the issue. Identify which aspect of this situation would be most challenging for you if you were the supervisor. Finally, explain how you would use leadership skills to proceed if you were the supervisor.

Required Readings

Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice (6th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage PublicationsReprinted by permission of Sage Publications via the Copyright Clearance Center.Chapter 1, “Introduction” (pp. 1–17)Northouse, P. G. (2018). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.Chapter 1, “Understanding Leadership” (pp. 1–18)Chapter 2, “Recognizing Your Traits” (pp. 21–44)Chapter 6, “Developing Leadership Skills” (pp. 117-138)Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.Chapter 3, “Role Playing and Group Membership” (pp. 70–98)Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014b).

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