(Socw 6351) Discussion: The Effects of Means-Tested Social Programs

 Learning Objectives Students will: Analyze the availability of means-tested programs for a client in a social work case study Analyze state welfare policies Analyze long-term outcomes for choosing to parent in a social work case study Analyze potential changes to social policies for which to advocate Analyze the responsibility of social workers to identify service and advocate for policy change Analyze whether means-tested programs create dependency Analyze how perception of dependency might contribute to welfare program stigma Analyze how personal perceptions of recipients who participate in means-tested welfare programs might affect social work practice Analyze strategies for alleviating the stigma surrounding means-tested programs Apply strategies for adjusting perceptions of recipients who receive means-tested welfare Photo Credit: fstop123 / E+ / Getty Images Learning Resources Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus. Required Readings Popple, P. R., & Leighninger, L. (2019). The policy-based profession: An introduction to social welfare policy analysis for social workers (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. Chapter 6, “Fighting poverty: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families” (pp. 99-136) Bentele, K. G., & Nicoli, L. T. (2012). Ending access as we know it: State welfare benefit coverage in the TANF era. Social Service Review, 86(2), 223–268. Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases. Posiniewski, L. (2011). A unique approach to meeting the employment and training needs of food stamp recipients. Policy & Practice, 69(2), 14–15. Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases. Plummer, S. -B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (Eds.). (2014). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore: MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader]. Part 1, “The Logan Family” (pp. 9–10) U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (n.d.). Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation. Retrieved November 14, 2013, from http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research Required Media Laureate Education (Producer). (2013). Sessions: Logan family (Episode 4 of 42) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu Accessible player ocial workers in the United States need to be knowledgeable about the local, state, and federal programs available to assist clients. Often, obtaining this knowledge is difficult, as benefits and guidelines vary from one geographic area to another. However, being knowledgeable about poverty or means-tested public assistance programs, such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, provides you, as the social worker, with the ability to assist families with much needed resources. It also prepares you to become an effective advocate for changes in social welfare policies and procedures. What poverty or means-tested public assistance programs are available in your state or region? How do these programs influence the perception of the recipients in your society? If these types of policies are not available in your geographic region, how might you help clients who need assistance? This week, you examine the appropriateness of means-tested programs in a social work case study based on your state or region’s welfare programs. You also analyze societal and personal perceptions of recipients who participate in means-tested public assistance programs and identify social worker’s responsibility for social policy and service advocacy.

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