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Sistemų Teorijos Integravimas Į Socialinio Darbo Veiklą
Integration of Systems Theory into Social Work

Author(s): Violeta Vaicekauskienė
Subject(s): Epistemology, Social Philosophy, Social Theory
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: general systems theory; social system theory; systemic analysis; systemic modeling;

Summary/Abstract: This article discusses the necessary conditions for a successful development of General Systems Theory and its application to the social work intervention. The article presents the philosophical and historical retrospect of Systems Theory and the method of systemic analysis, as well as their main principles and concepts. Based on disciplinary universality and the complexity of Systems Theory, T. Parsons, N. Luhmann, G. Bateson, H. Willke, A. Hartman and others formulate the main characteristics of Social Systems Theory, conceptualize them and thus lay the theoretical foundation for social work. In order to increase the application of the Social System Model and to enable a greater intervention into complex systems in the practice of social work, the following social work intervention is to be applied. The social worker must enable change within the client, reconstruct inner meaning and significance of client’s system, create an opportunity for the client to recognize and name own problems and reflect on them.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 58
  • Page Range: 181-188
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Lithuanian