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Critical Thinking Exercises

Complete the exercises below.

To complete your assessment, review the case file in the Engage section; the Brickville Map and your notes in My Notebook. Then answer the questions below.

  • While you have been working in the community for a while at the Brickville Community Development Corporation, your contacts have been somewhat limited to youth and families. This situation may require you to interact with other institutions in the community. Describe how you might approach other institutions to engage them and begin to build trust.

  • One of the challenges of social work is balancing various roles simultaneously. As a social worker that has been primarily involved in work with youth and families up to this point, describe some of your personal tensions, challenges, and rewards in broadening your sphere of influence to institutions in the community.

  • Some social workers with responsibilities at the micro level experience challenges in attempting to devote some of their energies to work at the macro level. Describe your main arguments for social work involvement at the community level.

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Your Quick Bio

You are a social worker who is living and working in Brickville, a low-income community faced with a development proposal that would dramatically change the community. You have been working for the Brickville Community Development Corporation (CDC) for three years. Your primary role is to: 1) facilitate a youth leadership development group. Your youth leadership group has an interest in community affairs, and occasionally undertakes a project that impacts the community. 2) provide assessment and referrals for job training and employment with youth and adults; 3) provide case management services for youth in community; and 4) facilitate a safety and security committee.