Discussion 1: Social and Economic Justice


The Center for Economic and Social Justice defines “social justice” as “giving to each what
he or she is due.” “Economic justice” is concerned with determining what an individual’s
“due” actually encompasses.
For this Discussion, select a case study in this week’s Learning Resources. Review the case
study, focusing on the social or economic justice issues at play in the situation described.
Reference: Center for Economic and Social Justice. (n.d.). Defining economic justice and social
justice
. Retrieved from June 11, 2013, from
Post a description of a social or economic justice issue that is evident in the case. Suggest
two strategies the social worker might employ to address the issue.


Discussion 2: Poverty in Your Area


Statistics on rates of poverty in an area can tell us a great deal about the context in which
people live. As you consider the region where you live, think about the rate of poverty,
wealth disparities between the richest and poorest citizens, and opportunities for social
mobility available to citizens.
For this Discussion, locate information regarding poverty statistics in your city, town, or
state. Determine efforts that are currently in place to address poverty in your area.
Post a description of efforts currently in place to address poverty in the area where you live.
Suggest two strategies for enhancing the current antipoverty efforts in your community and
explain the rationale behind your suggestions.


Discussion 3: Social Work Practice with Groups


You have been running a group for sexual assault survivors for the last nine weeks. Despite
your best efforts to provide a safe environment, validate the women’s experiences, and
create a sense of hope, the group members often ask, “Will I ever get over this?” This is an
important question, but one that is not easily answered. As the social worker, you discuss
the impact of trauma and the benefits of using group and individual therapy to process what
occurred in order to reduce its impact on their daily lives. Yet, your response does not
alleviate the group’s anxiety about the future. As a result, you invite a previous client who
has completed group work and individual therapy to come and speak to the group. As she
talks about her new feelings of empowerment and growth since participating in group work,
the rest of the group members begin to smile and nod their heads. After the guest speaker
has left, the members all talk about how amazing it was to hear this woman’s story and to
see someone with the same experience thrive and move past the assault. They all expressed
a sense of hope and relief. Group work offers many benefits that cannot be achieved through
individual therapy alone. The most obvious benefit is group member validation. The
knowledge that you are not alone and are not the only person who has experienced that
particular issue can foster a strong sense of hope.
For this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources including the Johnson Video
case. Then consider the potential benefits Talia Johnson might experience through her
participation in group work as depicted in the video. The Johnson Video can be found at

. Click on
Johnson tab and watch Episode 3.
Post an explanation of the potential benefits Talia might experience through her
participation in group work as depicted in the video.


Discussion 4: Mezzo Skills: Group Roles


During recent meetings with your sexual assault survivor group, you have noticed some
potentially counter-productive behaviors from some of the members. One member always
wants to sit next to you. When you speak, she nods her head and, at times, she repeats your
very words. Two members always sit together and have side conversations. You have not
said anything yet to them, but you feel it is distracting to the others. When you ask them to
participate, they both provide little input and often just shrug their shoulders. One member
talks at length during every session, forcing you to interrupt her by asking others to
contribute to the discussion. You need to set boundaries with this person or she will
continue to dominate the entire session.
Behaviors in group settings often are manifestations of the roles members play based on
their personality. While groups have many benefits for clients, including validation, support,
comfort, and education, they also can highlight some personalities and behaviors that might
be challenging for you to manage as the group leader. How might you respond to these
behaviors and roles? How might you redirect these behaviors and reposition the member
roles for the benefit of the group?
For this Discussion, search for an article dealing with group roles in social work practice.
Then, consider the group member role that might be most challenging to you as a group
leader and why. Finally, think about skills you might use for overcoming the challenges that
member role presents.
Post brief description of the group member role that might be most challenging to you as a
group leader and explain why. Then, explain a skill you might use for overcoming that
challenge.
Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. Be sure to
provide full APA citations for your references.