Posted: November 28th, 2013
Social Work and Planned Changes
Formulating an intervention plan
●The plan is formulated by identification of the key problems that would best provide a direction for the plan. The most prevalent issues are given the highest priority such that more people are able to benefit from the decisions regarding the problem (Barker, 12).
●Clientele goals and preferences are integrated into the plan. The hindrances to the intervention plan are identified for the purposes of establishing the remedied for such problems or hindrances.
●The intervention plan needs to address diversity be cause of the various cultures, races and religions involved in the intervention plan for maximization of the results of the plan. It should also consider the power structure in the social program for better integration of the social workers
●The process of change requires the formulation of a contract due to the numerous players in the formulation of the plan. This enables the outlined plan to be followed strictly without any deviations and to enable the referencing of certain issues for later grading as to whether the objectives have been achieved.
●Ethical and legal issues in the plan are put in consideration to achieve the desired results with the utmost level of professionalism without contradicting the laws relating to the plan.
●The plan should be set on realistic and achievable goals that can be achieved with ease.
●The plan should relate to the issues identified for a clear and defined objective to achieve the desired results.
Intervention and monitoring
●The plan made of clearly defined objectives and goals, which are to help the client. This forms the basis for developing the plan that affects the client directly and for his or her assistance.
●Organisations that the client dwells on for the provision of specific services.
●Change is inevitable and change is for the benefit of the client and organization (Mcmahon 23).
●Effectiveness of the plan is measured by the impact of the plan on the involved parties is.
Termination and Evaluation
●Achievement of the plan is measured by the results of the set goals of the plan.
●The client’s involvement is only limited to the formulation of the plan
●Evaluation of the plan can be assessed via the reception of the changes by all those involved in the plan such as the client and the social workers.
●If the workers had not been ethical in the formation of the plan or they had not followed the due process in formulating the plan making the plan illegal. Termination of the plan can also occur if the objectives and goals were not achieved rendering the plan useless.
●The client and the social workers meet to evaluate the results of the plan and to find out if the plan worked out as planned to the achievement of the set objectives.
Seven steps have been proposed as they are considered as the main reason for progress of both the clients and the social workers through a process that depends on both of them as both steps are dependant on each other for relevance. The seven steps are namely:
·Engagement- whereby the parties involved should enhance knowledge of one another and acknowledging one another’s weaknesses and strengths by either knowledge or skill.
·Teaching or learning by the worker and client work together to learn new things from the assessment of the plan (McMahon, 12).
·Action as a process that implements plans and motivates attention for social justice
·Accompaniment- whereby the relationships between the parties are used to execute the plan and lays emphasis on the healthy relationship between the workers and the participants.
·Evaluation is the process of assessing both process and outcome of the efforts of both the workers and the participants to use the knowledge from the assessment for improving intervention planning.
·Critical reflection is whereby the parties involved are able to learn personally from the outcomes and be able to put queries forward with regard to the process.
·Celebration as a way of finalizing the assessment to give gratitude to those involved in the achievement of the outcomes (Barker ,45) .
Thus, for the intervention plan to succeed there must be clear and proper communication amongst the parties involved. Involvement starts at the beginning of planning and until the assessment of the plan and the results achieved. The plan must be legally and ethically sound to avoid any negative repercussions in the setting of only realistic goals and the approaches to be used to arrive at the desired results. In addition, the intervention should be based on evidence such that it becomes easy to assess the progress and results of the intervention plan (McMahon, 28).
Barker, Robert L. The Social Work Dictionary. Washington, DC: NASW Press, 2003. Print.
McMahon, Maria O. N. The General Method of Social Work Practice: A Generalist Perspective. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1996. Print.
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