Choose one area of specialization in social work, e.g., medical, school, mental health, geriatric, protective services

Choose one area of specialization in social work, e.g., medical, school, mental health, geriatric, protective services, drug & alcohol, etc.  Look through all the areas covered in this course (book) to get ideas.  Feel free to email me if you have questions about a specific area.               
Complete a 7-page paper including the following 3 areas:
1.          What are identified problems that require these areas of social work, i.e. literacy in schools, aging populations, substance abuse, family violence, homelessness, mental illness, suicide, etc.?
*Provide scholarly research (books or peer-reviewed journals) regarding the identified problem that warrants a need for social workers in the identified area that you chose.  Examples might be: Geriatrics – The aging (geriatric) population getting older and the lack of funding for health insurance or assistance programs; Suicide what are the causes?  What are suicide rates?  How prevalent is it in our society, etc.; Family Violence What causes family violence?  Which demographic is most susceptible to family violence & why?   Your topic should be WELL RESEARCHED so that you can provide an in-depth discussion about them.
2.          What interventions, theories, and/or perspectives have proven effective, OR NOT, in addressing the issue?  Provide at least 2. Must come from peer-reviewed source.
*In other words, what can be done?  This could be several things: therapy (individual/group, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR Therapy); effective case management, psychosocial assessments, and effective treatment planning; support groups; hospitalization; writing policy, lobbying; family reunification, etc.  Make sure to discuss, IN-DEPTH, these interventions, theories and/or perspectives.  DO NOT give me YOUR ideas or thoughts on what YOU think would help!  You MUST provide scholarly data about the interventions, theories, and/or perspectives.  An interview (personal communication) with a social worker in this area could be one resource for you. 
3.            What are the long-term outcomes and/or projections for the identified problem?  Must come from peer-reviewed source.
               *Example: Studies show that complex grief is affecting the elderly population at greater rates and severity than in past generations.  As a result, life expectancy for seniors experiencing long-term, complex grief, is shortened by five years.  However, through support groups and a change in lifestyle behaviors, research points to better outcomes for this vulnerable population (Pearson, 2011). 
4.           Explain how the 6 core values and social work code of ethics, identified by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), factor into bringing about change.  Please use at least 1 core value and 1 code of ethics.   This means that you will need to visit the NASW website!  *In other words, how can you connect at least 1 of the 6 core values and 1 of the codes of ethics of NASW to your research?  How studies, concerns, or interventions for the elderly line up with a core value & ethical principle outlined by NASW? Ex: Support groups play a fundamental role in the NASW core value of the importance of human relationships.  Relational experiences shared by several people peers, loved ones, patient/therapist, neighbors, etc., are a basic need.  Simply put, people need people (Maslow, 1967).
This must be included in your reference list!  This in-text citation and reference list might be a little tricky, so I will provide you with the correct information below:
            In-text (narrative): According to the NASW (2017), .
In-text (parenthetical): The importance of human relationships is a foundational core value and demonstrates significant importance in the betterment of individuals (National Association of Social Workers, 2017).
National Association of Social Workers. (2017). NASW code of ethics. NASW.
This is a research paper and should be presented as such.  Your paper should be double spaced with Times New Roman, 12-point font.  Spelling and grammar will be included in grading.  In addition, your paper must be in APA format.  Refer to the APA Resources Module for APA Assistance – video on how to format an APA paper, APA Tips, APA Sample Paper, etc. If you are not sure about this format, go to the writing center.  There is no abstract required for this paper; however, a title page and a reference page are required, so overall you will turn in 7 pages: 1 title page, 5 pages of content, and 1 reference page.
Make sure that you do not write this paper in first person.  Additional things to consider is to refrain from using contractions, e.g., cant, doesnt, wed, havent, etc.  Use the full word of cannot, does not, we would, have not, etc.  Also, make sure to cite your sources in the text as well as on your reference page.  DO NOT PLAGIARIZE YOUR PAPER!!!!  Plagiarism is when you take someones thoughts, words or ideas and use them as your own.  This includes simply omitting words, changing a few words from the authors original text, etc.  Here is a link that might help you understand plagiarism a little more:
You are required to have 7 resources for this paper but use more if you need.  One of your sources can be an interview (personal communication) with a social worker in the area of social work that you choose.  However, an interview is not required.  You may only use one website/url as a source. ONLY USE URLs THAT END IN .GOV OR .EDU.  All other sources must come from a book or peer-reviewed journal.  Going to the library link (on the MCC homepage) and utilizing research databases would be the best place to find peer reviewed journals.  Academic Search Complete is usually the database of choice.

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