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Ashley Manning
This week the reading discussed in depth goals and objectives, and how they relate back to social policy and programs. Goals and objectives are both highly variable, and liable to change (Chambers & Bonk, 2013). They are also alike in the sense that they both have desired outcomes and results that the program wants to achieve.
Although there are some similarities between goals and objectives, there are difference that define each as well. When a program identifies a goal, it is a broad statement clearly states what they wish to accomplish, while objectives will include specific details and definition of how to reach the program goals (Chambers & Bonk, 2013). Goals therefore are looking at the big picture and the objectives support the goal. Objectives, not goals, must also have target group specifications that indicate who and how many people are going to be affected or changed (Chambers & Bonk, 2013). Objectives also contain performance standards on effects the program is expected to have, whereas goals do not (Chambers & Bonk, 2013).
Foster Care is a topic near and dear to my heart as a Foster Care Program Manager and a foster parent. The goal for our agency that offers therapeutic foster care services could be to provide a safe, stable, nurturing environment for a child while their parents prepare for them to return home. This is a broad goal as described above, and objectives would need to be established to determine how that goal is going to be met. Examples of some objectives could include biological parents or the identified family resource engaging in parenting classes, substance abuse, domestic violence or mental health services that are deemed relevant. Another could be to begin the visitation process, beginning with supervised visits, then unsupervised day visits, and finally supervised overnight visits. Also, foster parents would need to attend 24 hours of relevant training annually to be able to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children.
Chambers, D.E., & Bonk, J. F. (2013) Social policy and social programs: A method for the practical public policy analyst (6th ed.). Pearson.
1 day ago
Adelaide Incoom
As a social worker in a facility that provides treatment to substance abusers, it is very important to consider the concepts of social control and empowerment when working with clients. The goal of social control is to basically maintain conformity to established norms and rules. Social control is necessary to consider when writing and implementing goals and objectives and is usually determined by the facility unless the treatment is court ordered. I would make sure to discuss the expectations and consequences up front with the client to ensure that they are aware. Human service and social work practitioners frequently are uncomfortable with social control purposes and they are easy to ignore (Bonk & Chambers, 2014). Substance abusers may exhibit behavior that is threatening where utilizing social control would be necessary. To incorporate the concept of empowerment with assisting the client, I would encourage and motivate the client to take control of their own life. I would also provide them with the tools and strategies needed to help them reach sobriety. I would want the client to set realistic and achievable goals as well as be able to become independent and not solely dependent upon a facility. The goal would be for the client to grow from their current situation and to successfully follow a plan that will help them become a better version of themselves. To make sure the client is able to achieve the goals set, it would be necessary for me to incorporate both social control and empowerment concepts into the objectives.
Bonk, Jane F. & Chambers, Donald E. (2014). Social Policy and Social Programs. [Capella]. Retrieved from https://capella.vitalsource.com/#/books/9780133557435/
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