How about the fundamental values of social work referenced in the book, as well as in the NASW Code of Ethics – do your own personal/professional values align?

The New Structural Social Work

The book, The New Structural Social Work, by Mullaly, refers to the conventional and progressive social work perspectives. Share where your own perspective aligned prior to beginning social work school. Has your perspective changed all in just the first two weeks of social work school, and if so, how so?

How about the fundamental values of social work referenced in the book, as well as in the NASW Code of Ethics – do your own personal/professional values align? How so or why not?

What do you think about the Code of Ethics for Progressive Social Workers outlined in the book? How does it compare to the NASW Code of Ethics? Does it resonate with you, and why or why not? More or less than the NASW Code of Ethics, or just differently, and why or how so?

The book refers to the ideal social welfare system as being “structural model ( or social welfare state)” – a model that is even more progressive than both the residual model (positive state) and even the institutional model (social security state), both of which we discussed in class. Do you agree or disagree that this would be the ideal social welfare system, and why? You may have noticed that the book is written by a Canadian author, and you may already be aware that Canada is already closer to a structural model than we are here in the United States. Do you think America could achieve a structural model of social welfare one day, and why or why not?

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