Practitioners must be Careful about Blaming Oppressed People for their Troubles (Gitterman, 1996)

This was for a course but I think we can think this one through together.

In Gitterman’s (1996) description of the Life Model of Social Work Practice, he states, “Practitioners must be careful about blaming oppressed people for their troubles” (p. 389). In light of this statement, how do you think he would perceive the arguments made by Rank (2011) and Miehls (2011) about the effects of poverty and race? Would he agree with their positions, or would he view their work as blaming? Write a short paragraph (4-5 sentences) to share your thoughts.

My Answer: Overall, Rank (2011) recognizes that socioeconomic status has a correlation to specific environmental quality’s (Rank, 2011).  Rank (2011) puts forth that that those with lower socioeconomic status can be harmed by poor environmental features of a person’s life. Which leads me to believe that Gitterman (1996)  would agree with Rank (2011) due to the fact that one can not blame an individual for the environment in which they develop. Similarly, Miehls (2011) describes how People of Color have long been seen as inferior due to their physical characteristics (Miehls, 2011). Because physical characteristics are something one can not change about themselves, I believe this view would alline with Gitterman’s (1996). This is due to the fact that Gitterman (1996) emphasises that practitioners must be aware of the holistic nature of life and Natural environment and biology of a human which symbolically affects individuals.

Your Answer in the Comments!

  1. Thought provoking! Would you say a person has a higher chance of having a positive feedback loop with his/her/their environment…

Resources for Prospective Social Workers — The Political Social Worker

Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW The Political Social Worker A couple of days ago a Tumblr follower asked me for some advice about applying to an MSW program. This gave me the idea to put together a small list of resources for perspective (and current) social work students. socialworkhelper.com A social networking site for helping […]

Resources for Prospective Social Workers — The Political Social Worker

I say “distant but not alone” Class of 2020


The Many emotions of getting my tassels in the mail  

I say “distant but not alone” • I have been designing a lot through the hurt that all this has caused. I feel #humbled and #scared • Not everything is black and white but right now attempting to color this sorrow is an act which promotes the thought that we should downplay. 


I never took well to the whole commentary which goes alone the lines of “someone is suffering more” though this is true I ask then what is mindfulness. Being present patient and still with your emotions, notice them. It’s in the silence that you find comfort because the second we put words to emotions we distort them. 


I love languages but some things are better left without #cognitive distortion. 

HERE’S A POEM

I share, it makes me vulnerable, but I also know maybe someone will be inspired to write a better one 

This is by me @the_environmentalsocialworker or AKA @_g.francis – 

If you frame life right now from a biological standpoint everyone is adapting. 
Sustainability is the reciprocal process of that which is sustained. 
We could not sustain post-viral pandemic
Policy play a role to prevent and save the population
We obey
Thus, the market will also adapt.

A new beginning is before us. The premodern feedback loop has been broken. Entropy of the premodern was imposed upon causing the human race to do as it does in any ecological system: adapt.

The fragility of our essence is brought to light. Survival of the fittest is brought into context here with full compassion. Nature is not beautiful or a force which is predictable. Feedback loops are causal only through the ability to conceptually frame the variables.

Biologists forfronted this through extensive field processing of habitats and life sustained through the given environment.

The current state of affairs contradicts that which was natural law. The natural world is law-less. This is a critical period. 

Economic Globalization, Sleep-Wake Rhythms & COVID-19

Macro/Policy Environmental Social Work Perspective

Economic globalization become a worldwide trend (Han, 2019). With globalization comes technology. Technology and the environment should be of growing concern. Now more than ever. Given COVID-19, are legislators and enforcers thinking of the stimulus and social welfare in terms physiological rhythms in humans? 

Studies show that relevant to the environment (the built environment that is, the once we are all confined to… if heavily impacted by environmental cues; light, noise, and temperature are synchronizing to Sleep-wake rhythms in humans. 

            As the current state of our lives will have it, much of work is being done in the same spaces we often strive, or should strive to keep sacred. This is because our rhythms are extremely effected by noise pollution, night work, social media, blue light. Thanks to open data it has been found that  

“Extensive open-access databases now focus on these disturbing environmental and societal cues”

Damien Legerab &  Christian Guilleminaultc

The fields associated with sleep are: noise, light, radio frequencies, transportation, and internet”

Damien Legerab &  Christian Guilleminaultc

These environmental open data may help us in understanding better sleep rhythms globally”

Damien Legerab &  Christian Guilleminaultc
  • Insight of the day: “the development index of Digital Economy and Society (DESI), an instrument that can detect a data system in order to quantify the level of technological development at the macro level and the micro level” (Vanessa Russo : Qualitative and Quantitative Models in Socio-Economic Systems and Social Work pp 427-442| Cite as Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). European Guidelines and Empirical Applications on the Territory)
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