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Critical Thinking Questions

Answer the questions below.

To complete your assessment, review the case file in the Engage section; the Sociogram, the Hudson City Map, and the Interaction Matrix in Case Study Tools; and your notes in My Notebook. Then answer the questions below.

  • As both a Hudson City resident and a community social worker, you may have a role conflict. For example, as a city resident faced with an ongoing nuisance, your impulse is to band together with your neighbors, who want the problem quickly resolved. But as a social worker in the community, you have to be cognizant of the concerns of everyone, and act ethically and fairly. Name at least two conflicts that you see between your professional obligations and your membership in the Hudson City community.

  • As a social worker, it is important for you to think about the natural alliances that form between systems, as well as the inherent conflicts. In this case, what are the natural alliances between stakeholders? The interaction matrix and community sociogram should help you answer this question.

  • Once you have undertaken these tasks, and have a general idea of the contours of the problem, ask yourself the question, “who is the client?” Is it the displaced homeless population in need of shelter? Is it the families and neighbors who consider themselves and their children at risk? Is it some combination of organizational systems? Is it the entire community? Your definition of who the client is will make a difference in your assessment, the next phase of the process.

  • What preplanning has been done for particularly vulnerable groups considering they are living in a hurricane-prone area? Explore the Town Map Are poor people disproportionately living in flood-prone areas? What had social service organizations done to prepare to protect their populations in the event of a disaster, including long-term care facilities and institutions serving individuals with disabilities? Do other policy systems have specific policies to prioritize the needs of vulnerable populations—including low-income single mothers, who may have fewer informal supports, or those who have just given birth—in the event of a disaster? What are the policy implications of failing to prepare adequately for a disaster such as this, especially given that it is not entirely unprecedented, given the risks facing the area?

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You, the social worker, a resident of Hudson City, lives in the Westside neighborhood. You are also employed at Hudson City Community Services, a non-profit agency that provides services for individuals and families, located in the City Center. You are about to find yourself with dual roles, as both a community social worker and a city resident who understands your neighbors' concerns about the environment created by the recent hurricane.