The motive of self-interest is the driving factor behind many situations faced by those who have chosen the human services profession. In this article, the author provides two of his own fact-based human service cases (one involving case work and the psychological needs related to a closed adoption and one about community organization and advocacy related to a proposed regional landfill) that can be studied and debated in social work classes. The cases reflect the double identity of contemporary social work. The questions after each case require the students to reflect on and talk about the ramifications of self-interested behavior to families and communities. Each case involves value-laden situations and ethical issues to be considered in the exploration of various courses of action. Addressing answers to the case questions should lead students to better understand themselves and the nature of their chosen profession.
Farmer, J Forbes
"Consequences of Self-interested Behavior: Pedagogical questions and dilemmas relating to cases of a closed adoption and a regional landfill proposal,"
Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice: Vol. 4:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/jhstrp/vol4/iss2/5
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