ASSIGNMENT #1 Social Work Interest Paper (Competencies 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9)

DUE: 2/23

Minimum 5 pages (including APA Reference Page)

Purposes: To provide you with an opportunity to apply research and other empirical knowledge to inform your understanding and approach to a problem, and to demonstrate your professional presentation skills.

Instructions: You will select a specific topic relevant to your interests in the social work field. Topics may be an evidence-based intervention, a particular job in the social work field, or a social issue challenging a particular population. You will provide an overview of the topic, a micro & macro-level analysis of the topic, and explore issues of diversity and social justice related to the topic. You must incorporate information from four scholarly sources to inform and support your narrative. You must cite your sources using APA format . Your paper must include the following:

Brief overview of the topica. Define the topicb. Offer demographic informationc. Describe the importance, impact, and scope of the topic10 points
Analysis of the micro-level factors and challenges connected to the topica. biological/medical factors that are most relevant when working with individuals within this topic?b. psychological/emotional factors that are most relevant when working with individuals within this topic?c. social factors that are most relevant when working with individuals within this topic?15 points
Analysis of the macro-level factors and challenges connected to the topica. What are the legal and political factors that are most relevant when considering this topic? Review any relevant laws and federal/state policies.b. What are the community, systemic, and cultural factors that are most relevant when considering this topic?15 points
Discussion of one micro-level OR one macro-level intervention (successful and/or unsuccessful) that addresses the topica. Micro intervention: occurs directly with an individual client or familyORb. Macro intervention: provide on a large scale that affects entire communities and/or systems of care15 points
Discussion of how the topic reflects principles of social and economic justice and social work values10 points
Format and quality of writing10 points
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Brief overview of the topic· Define the topic· Offer demographic information· Describe the importance, impact, and scope of the topic
Analysis of the micro-level factors and challenges connected to the topic· biological/medical factors that are most relevant when working with individuals within this topic?· psychological/emotional factors that are most relevant when working with individuals within this topic?· social factors that are most relevant when working with individuals within this topic?
Analysis of the macro-level factors and challenges connected to the topic· What are the legal and political factors that are most relevant when considering this topic? Review any relevant laws and federal/state policies.· What are the community, systemic, and cultural factors that are most relevant when considering this topic?
Discussion of one micro-level OR one macro-level intervention (successful and/or unsuccessful) that addresses the topic· Micro intervention: occurs directly with an individual client or familyOR· Macro intervention: provide on a large scale that affects entire communities and/or systems of care
Discussion of how the topic reflects principles of social and economic justice and social work values