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WU Organizations Insights and Collaboration Discussion Replies

WU Organizations Insights and Collaboration Discussion Replies


Respond to two colleagues who selected a different organization for review.

Explain the similarities in the road blocks encountered between your organization and that of your colleague.

Describe any significant similar underlying concerns.

Amber Barkley MondaySep 4 at 8:23amThe organization I chose was Jane Addams Hull House. The Hull House was founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). Hull houses were established for immigrants (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). In the Hull House immigrants were taught how to speak English and the concepts of citizenship (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). Knowing this would help improve the lives and working conditions of the immigrants living in West Chicago (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). The focus of the Hull House in recent years has transformed into foster care, childcare, domestic violence, counseling, and job training (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). The Hull House was seen as a place for social justice (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). On January 27, 2012, Jane Addams Hull House Association was closed (Malekoff & Papell, 2012).  The Hull House group work focused on providing education, recreation, socialization, and community involvement (Toseland & Rivas, 2017). Hull Houses started groups as an opportunity for individuals to come together to share their views, gain mutual support, and work the power gained from their association for social change (Toseland & Rivas, 2017). The focus of the groups was to provide acceptance, companionship, and agreement on feelings (Toseland & Rivas, 2017).  One organizational roadblock for this group was preserving empathy (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). Jane Addams understood empathy as one’s way to tune into and share the feelings of another individual (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). She could easily put herself in someone else’s shoes (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). Jane Addams knew that an individual could not just rely on the government resources to take care of them but that individuals need to take care of each other (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). So, within a community and within groups empathy and compassion were introduced to help strengthen the individual (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). Economic hardship can make empathy hard to put forth (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). In the Hull House community, the government could offer help during economic hardship, but they are seen as nonempathic (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). That is why it is important to not rely solely on the government to take care of us but we should rely on each other for support (Malekoff & Papell, 2012). We should not allow empathy to stray away during economic hardship (Malekoff & Papell, 2012).  Malekoff, A., & Papell, C. P. (2012). Remembering Hull House, speaking to Jane Addams, and preserving empathy. Social Work with Groups, 35(4), 306–312. to an external site. Toseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2017). An introduction to group work practice (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Caitlyn A BullertTuesdaySep 5 at 6:47pm

The organization that came to my mind is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It is considered a self-help group (Toseland & Rivas, 2017). Alcoholics Anonymous is based on the idea that the best people to understand a problem are those who have experienced it themselves. In this case, it would be alcoholism also now known as alcohol use disorder. This program has had an impact on the lives of so many people since its founding on June 10, 1935 that even Time magazine listed it as one of 80 days that changed the world (Poniewozik, 2003).

Group work started in this organization as the number of alcoholics grew and they had weekly meetings where they could discuss the common solution that they had found. It was a way for new people to find sobriety and the “oldtimers” could share their experience of getting and staying sober.

What has kept AA successful for almost 90 years is the traditions it has. What makes them so unique is that they are not rules but only suggestions. From what looks like anarchy — traditions (“AA ought…”) rather than rules (“you must…”), maximum local autonomy and independence, and absence of centralized or layered tiers of authority — emerges consistency and stability (Gross, 2010). People were willing to learn from the beginning what works and what does not. Anyone can become a member because of the tradition that states, “The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking (AAWS, 2021). AA does not even say you have to stop but just have the desire which is a revolutionary idea even today. AA eschews property ownership and rigorously refrains from soliciting support from sources other than its own members, whose voluntary contributions barely cover the cost of meetings and such basic services as phone lines, meeting lists, and dissemination of free literature (Gross, 2010). Somehow in the organized chaos that is AA, it has survived and helped thousands of people worldwide on a shoestring budget and refused help from outside sources such as treatment programs.


Toseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2017). An introduction to group work practice (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Poniewozik J. AA Takes Its First Steps: June 10, 1935. Time. 2003;161(13). Accessed September 5, 2023. Links to an external site.“> to an external site.

GROSS, M. Alcoholics Anonymous: Still Sober After 75 Years. American Journal of Public Health, [s. l.], v. 100, n. 12, p. 2361–2363, 2010. DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2010.199349. Disponível em: Acesso em: 5 set. 2023.

Twelve steps and twelve traditions (2021). New York, NY: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. 

  • Respond to two colleagues who selected a different theory.
  • Explain how the theories are different and could be applied differently.

Danielle Anderson MondaySep 4 at 12:47pmMain Post #2Describe one theory applicable to social work.I choose Systems Theory because systems theory attempts to understand the group as a system of interacting elements (Toseland, 2017, pg. 56). System Theory is the most widely used and broadly applied to the theory of group functioning (Toseland, 2017, pg. 56). System Theory is a basic to all group work practice (Toseland, 2017, pg. 56).Explain the intended outcome that this theory has for group theory. In the system theory, there are four major functional tasks for systems such as a group: 1. integrations-ensuring that members of groups fit together, 2. adaptation-ensuring that groups change to cope with the demands of their environment, 3 pattern maintenance- ensuring that groups define and sustain their basic purpose, identities, and procedures and, 4. goal attainment- ensuring that groups purse and accomplish their tasks (Toseland, 2017, pg. 57). It is up to the group leaders and members to be successful in system theory. Clients overcoming obstacles and successfully handling the functional tasks confronting them, groups strive to remain in a state of stability (Toseland, 2017, pg. 57).ReferenceToseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2017). An introduction to group work practice (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 2, “Historical and Theoretical Developments” (pp. 43–66)

Caitlyn A Bullert
WednesdaySep 6 at 7:25pmBecause of the job that I have the remedial model got my immediate attention. The remedial model focuses on restoring or rehabilitating individuals by helping them change their behavior (Toseland & Rivas, 2017). I work with a Pretrial program where I live and my job is to help my clients get the resources they need such as counseling for substance use disorder or mental health disorders. Some may not believe they have an issue with substances or their mental health so there are skills to help them think about the help they need. Specifically, I have been working on motivational interviewing skills to help them change their behavior and become more willing to change. I think motivational interviewing is an excellent skill for a social worker to have. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a well-established, evidence-based psycholinguistic counseling approach that has been developed as an effective communication strategy to strengthen the client’s motivation, which is often used as a prelude intervention before to more structured treatments (Miller & Rose, 2009). This quote mentions it as a counseling technique, but look through the Walden library and you will find over 18,000 articles about MI being used to help cancer patients, diabetics, and risky sexual behavior. What MI means to me is an active listening technique in which a social worker or counselor replies with open-ended questions that make the client have to look at their behavior. MI is just a technique a social worker can use to help promote the remedial model. To take it further there are other systems that are designed to help change behavior. A treatment program for substance use disorders or a detention and rehabilitation center is specifically to help correct behaviors that are considered troublesome to the rest of society. The hope is that the clients will change, but it still comes down to their willingness to change.ReferenceToseland, R. W., & Rivas, R. F. (2017). An introduction to group work practice (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Miller WR, Rose GS. Toward a theory of motivational interviewing. Am Psychol. 2009 Sep;64(6):527-37. doi: 10.1037/a0016830. PMID: 19739882; PMCID: PMC2759607.

Respond to two colleagues:

Explain how your colleague’s difference between policy expectation and outcome could have been more rational.

Krystal Robinson-MadoxKrystal Robinson-Madox MondaySep 4 at 12:18pm The policy implementation situation I’ve chosen to examine is The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA). The Act was established in1974 and is a law within the U.S. that governs the access to educational information and records by public entities which can be identified as potential employees, publicly funded education institutions, and foreign governments. The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act affects all public and private elementary, secondary, or post secondary school.www.studentprovacy.ed.govLinks to an external site.https://ohioschoolsafetycenter.ohio.govLinks to an external site.www.2.ed.govLinks to an external site.     My expectations for how an existing policy should have addressed the situation would be safeguarding the students, also to protect the confidentiality of the information and also to notify parents of their rights more frequently instead of just on an annual basis. The four main requirements that remain in effect as of now would be 1)annual notification 2)access to education records 3)amendment of education records 4) disclosure of education recordswww.studentprivacy.ed.govLinks to an external site.htpps://     Existing policies and politics did function to address the FERPA by establishing policies and procedure, staying consistent with the Act and other state confidentiality, practicing promising and providing personal protections.

Sophia Washington TuesdaySep 5 at 7:32pmSummarize the policy implementation situation you have chosen to examine. (Provide references to news stories describing the situation, if applicable.)The policy implementation that I chose to examine is the medicaid and medicare act of 1965 and how to increase benefits under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance System, to provide a hospital insurance program for the elderly under the Social Security Act with a supplemental health benefits program and an expanded medical assistance program.Describe your expectations for how an existing policy should have addressed the situation.Expectations for how existing policies should have addressed the situation are states should have developed plans for how they will approach continuous enrollment provisions and feedback. Timely data on enrollments and other useful monitoring to decide who is eligible and how they qualify.Explain how existing policies and politics actually functioned or did not function to address the situation.The medicaid and medicare act does function to address the situation but maybe not as quickly as residents may need it because a lot factors into qualifying. You must be a resident of the state as well as comply with other requirements (such income and resource requirements) in order to be eligible.If you have enough resources according to your state’s requirements but your income is too high, you can be eligible for Medicaid. Some states permit you to “spend down” the portion of your income that is in excess of the Medicaid ceiling for the state. To do this, you must pay for uninsured medical costs as well as cost-sharing obligations (such as premiums and deductibles) up until your income reaches the Medicaid eligibility threshold. Call your state’s Medicaid office and ask about medical assistance for those with limited resources to learn more.Reference:DiNitto, D. M., & Johnson, D. H. (2016). Social welfare: Politics and public policy (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.National Archives and Records Administration. (n.d.). Medicare and Medicaid Act (1965). National Archives and Records Administration. 

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