Briefly summarize the theory and discuss key concepts most applicable to the chosen practice area, addressing how the theoretical concepts might be applied.
The theory should be evaluated from the standpoint of its usefulness for application to the chosen practice interest. Use criteria given in the textbook (Robbins et al) for evaluating theories. Your preference must be supported and explained by considering the scholarly literature, evidence of effectiveness, and congruence with professional values and ethics.
The design of the paper (5 sections):
•Describe your chosen practice area/topic of interest (i.e., recent trends, demographic statistics, and epidemiological data, if available) and state why this topic is important.
•Identify the theory, theorist, or major concept of the theory applied to this topic
•Explain the relevance to social work
2. Theoretical Insight at the Micro Level and/or Macro Level
•Explain the theory’s insights about any biological, psychological, spiritual, family, or
•group dynamic aspects relevant to the topic
•Explain the theory’s insights about any organizational, social, cultural, economic,
•political, or natural environmental aspects relevant to the topic
3.Implications for Social Work Practice
•Discuss implications of the theory for social work practice regarding your chosen practice interest, for example, style of helping interaction (i.e. role, relationship qualities, communication style), therapeutic practices, social change techniques, or other specific helping actions
4. Evaluation of the Theory
•Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the theory regarding three aspects of quality:
•how well the theory is composed regarding the quality of its form, such as clarity of its concepts, logical and coherent relation between its propositions, parsimony, or comprehensive perspective on human behavior
•how well the theory is supported by empirical evidence (e.g. qualitative and quantitative research)
•how well the theory fits with professional social work purposes and values (e.g. aids holistic understanding of the person and environment, addresses human diversity, and offers approaches relevant to social work practice that promote wellbeing and justice).
•Explain your decision about whether you would use this theory in practice, based on the previously presented knowledge and evaluation
* Quality and Format of Writing
APA style is used correctly for format, citations, and references; 6 scholarly sources must use the following sources:
Robbins, S.P., Chatterjee, P. & Canda, E.R. (2012) Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
•Hutchinson, E.D. (2015). Dimensions of human behavior: Person and environment (5th ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
•Koschmann, M. A., & Peterson, B. L. (2013). Rethinking Recidivism: A Communication Approach to Prisoner Reentry. Journal of Applied Social Science, 7(2), 188-207.
Paper length is 9 (not including title and reference pages)
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