The Evaluation of Social Policies by John A. Crane (auth.)

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44 The 'Four-Systems' Model This discusses social-work practice in terms of four basic systems: (1) the change-agent system; (2) the dient system; (3) the target system; and (4) the action system. The common objective of all social-work activity is seen as inducing change, and the more specific objectives determined by the nature of the problem relate to this central objective. There is a very comprehensive discussion in Pincus and Minahan's book of the various strategies for inducing change, induding their applicability to the particular aspects of the four systems involved.

In terms of the philosophical consideration bearing upon it, as Campbell 16 suggests, the outcome of arguments between the adherents of determinism and the champions of free will is inconclusive in that neither side can produce proof of the validity of its position and both sets of propositions start from certain assumptions which are taken for granted by their exponents. 22 The Place of Values in Social Work 47 These various 'statements of belief' by philosophers regarding human capacity for rational decision and choice are of great importance to social work.

33 It is an amalgam of insights derived from dassical psychoanalytic theory, ego psychology, biology, social psychology, sociology and learning theory, which are far from adequateiy integrated. In practical terms this means that it is not always easy to define a crisis, and the concept lends itseif to becoming stretched to the point where it will lose all its value through ceasing to be differentiated. This is a major hazard social workers need to guard against if they are to be successful in utilising the considerable potentialities of this approach to their practice.

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