How does the role of experiences and self-reflection in the development of emancipatory knowledge?
Regulators (CCSWR), a project funded by the government, talks about the use of “competent” social workers (Aronson & Hemingway, 2011). According to Aronson & Hemingway (2011) this competent worker is someone who is compliant with the current restrictions and is obedient to the procedures as they are. It is not someone who is a critical professional able to exercise judgement and question the limitations of the system (Aronson & Hemingway, 2011). The CCSWR, funded by the federal government, has made a list of practice competencies for workers, building a reduced and automatous conceptualization of social work (Aronson & Hemingway, 2011). This indeed is the hidden agenda of the government, to hire more complicit individuals who do not want to mess with the status quo. Neoliberal pressures toward smaller government and reduced support for citizen welfare, the political and economic quest to control social programs is what seems to be the guiding factor in building the CCSWR (Aronson & Hemingway, 2011). If the funding given to workers is not adequate, only given if the money is used how the government sees fit, or if there is a fear of speaking out against what new programs should be applied, the motivation and availability to put these needed programs into practice is near impossible. Social workers are always asked to think critically. They are reminded that although essentially working for the government, the goal is to be an agent of change. The only way to be an agent of change is to not be comfortable in being complicit, to not be afraid to speak up. The goal is the equity and well-being of the clients served, no matter what criteria the government sets in place to limit workers from spending more that is found “necessary”. An important note to take away about this topic and the information gathered is that when looking up facts and data, the research was limited. The statistics are always changing, therefor the research should continue to develop as time moves forward. What worked or didn’t work when these studies were done, may or may not be relevant to a group of young women today, therefor newer strategies may need to be built. Most of the limitations found during the writing of this paper are based off a lack of current research. Especially on the usage of drugs/alcohol in teenage girls who were racialized/marginalized. This idea is strengthened by Watt (2008) as well as Wallace & Muroff (2002), who agree that more research is needed, especially when considering substance use differences for minorities vs. Whites, males and females, young people vs. adults and should consider economic status. Social work as a profession is continually evolving and changing, as clients do. Practices that were used 20 years ago, although still useful today, need to be adjusted and shifted depending on the clientele served. Parton (2000) agrees that social work is a profession >GET ANSWER