Systems Theory In Social Work

    systems theory
  • Systems theory is a transdisciplinary approach that abstracts and considers a system as a set of independent and interacting parts. The main goal is to study general principles of system functioning to be applied to all types of systems in all fields of research.
  • Systems theory or systems science argues that however complex or diverse the world that we experience, we will always find different types of organization in it, and such organization can be described by principles which are independent from the specific domain at which we are looking.
  • A method of describing a complex structure introduced by Ludwig von Bertalanffy in the 1940s that relates the interaction of individual components of the structure to the functioning of the structure as a whole.
    social work
  • Social work is a professional and academic discipline committed to the pursuit of social welfare and social change. The field works towards research and practice to improve the quality of life and to the development of the potential of each individual, group and community of a society.
  • any of various services designed to aid the poor and aged and to increase the welfare of children
  • Work carried out by trained personnel with the aim of alleviating the conditions of those in need of help or welfare
  • Supportive service for psychosocial adjustment and intervention, financial resources, and discharge planning.
systems theory in social work
systems theory in social work - Theoretical Perspectives
Theoretical Perspectives for Direct Social Work Practice: A Generalist-Eclectic Approach, Second Edition (Springer Series on Social Work)
Theoretical Perspectives for Direct Social Work Practice: A Generalist-Eclectic Approach, Second Edition (Springer Series on Social Work)
Praise for the first edition
"Finally, a social work practice text that makes a difference! This is the book that you have wished for but could never find. Although similar to texts that cover a range of practice theories and approaches to clinical practice, this book clearly has a social work frame of reference and a social work identity."
--Gayla Rogers, Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
This second edition has been updated and revised to include:


A new chapter on Relational Theory, and newly-rewritten chapters by new authors on Cognitive-Behavioral Theory, Existential Theory, and Wraparound Services
New critique of the Empirically Supported Treatment (EST) movement
Updated information on the movement toward eclecticism in counseling and psychotherapy
A refined conceptualization of the editors' generalist-eclectic approach
This new edition discusses many of the same issues presented in the first, but also provides a framework for integrating the use of each theory with central social work principles and values, as well as with the artistic elements of practice.

Sensitive dependence
Sensitive dependence
In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions; where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state. For example, the presence or absence of a butterfly flapping its wings could lead to creation or absence of a hurricane. Although the butterfly effect may appear to be an esoteric and unusual behavior, it is exhibited by very simple systems: for example, a ball placed at the crest of a hill might roll into any of several valleys depending on slight differences in initial position. The term "butterfly effect" itself is related to the meteorological work of Edward Lorenz, who popularized the term. The butterfly effect is a common trope in fiction when presenting scenarios involving time travel and with "what if" cases where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two significantly different outcomes. A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterfly's life cycle consists of four parts, egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most species are diurnal. Butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. Butterflies comprise the true butterflies (superfamily Papilionoidea), the skippers (superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea). All the many other families within the Lepidoptera are referred to as moths. Butterflies exhibit polymorphism, mimicry and aposematism. Some, like the Monarch, will migrate over long distances. Some butterflies have evolved symbiotic and parasitic relationships with social insects such as ants. Some species are pests because in their larval stages they can damage domestic crops or trees; however, some species are agents of pollination of some plants, and caterpillars of a few butterflies (e.g., Harvesters) eat harmful insects. Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.
NewConceptInfo Research&DesignTeam02
NewConceptInfo Research&DesignTeam02
I've been professionally mentoring this team in graphic-design for six months when I clicked this photo. The mentorship program covers almost all disciples of design, creativity and media. Some sessions have been devoted to typography and publication-grid and design. Others on color-theory, color-schemes and trends. The team's also honing its skills in photography and building a large in-house library of photos and images. We've covered digital print-production, and several sessions have focussed on the latest trends and techniques in web-design and user-interface. Together with the client-coordination team, we've also discussed pre-press and production technology. In almost every session we brainstorm on new and ongoing client projects. Plus, we also set up and fine-tune systems and processes for client-servicing, briefing, and profiling. Once in a while I've also delved into new features and technologies in the latest design software. I stepped away from my macbookpro, to click a photo of the team sitting here for an evaluation. We need to assess what areas to focus on for the next one year. We've got a long way to go. One of my main objectives is for the team to win a few international design awards and recognitions for their work. Wish more organizations feel inspired by NewConcept on how to nurture the skills and careers of their staff for a more positive and sustainable relationship.
systems theory in social work
General Systems Theory - Beginning With Wholes
Though general systems theory is currently the prevailing paradigm in family therapy and social work, there is no accessible text which treats its basic concepts. This book fills the gap by presenting the central ideas of general systems theory in clear and simple language, with a focus on the social sciences. The most important traditional ideas of systems theory are considered along with new ideas running into the 21st Century.;It begins with Aristotle's notion that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. These emergent wholes become the focus of attention in order to study things which are joint productions, like the arms race and intimate relations. Thinking in systems terms means seeing that change in one part changes all parts, like the thaw of the Cold War leading ultimately to the Gulf War. It allows a fresh analytic stance without the necessity of blame that made things worse, such as the retributive policy toward Germany after World War 1, or DDT. New language like feedback gives a way to view social phenomena in terms of systems processes, which may magnify or distort the ultimate effects of actions on a system.; Human systems suggest adding several characteristic