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RE: Discussion 2 – Week 1


Social Work Theories

According to Social learning theory, observing and experiencing new behaviors is what entails the learning process and this is reinforced through models or other people. This then means that new behaviors can be stopped or continued depending on how those behaviors were instilled.  The behaviors can be reinforced externally or internally within a social environment. As a child protection social worker, encountering issues such as bullying, substance abuse, school attendance, psychological issues, poor academic performance, violence are issues that affect student socialization. Social learning theory can be used to understand where all these issues originate from or what influences the situations. For example, when handling a child who has aggressive behavior issues that causes disturbance to the other students when learning. In this case, one employs social learning theory because it will mean assessing role models and stimuli the student is being exposed to hence causing the disruptive and aggressive behavior. After determining all the causes, the social learning theory is also used to point out the patterns of dysfunctional thoughts that are causing the student’s behaviors and emotions. The theory is the best because if a social worker understands the theory well, he or she can utilize the different practice models to solve or handle behavioral despite of the setting (Salas, & Segal, 2010).


Fisher, E. A. (2009). Motivation and leadership in social work management: A review of theories and related studies. Administration In Social Work, 33(4), 347–367.

Instructions: support all your written ideas with proper APA citations and references. Support your posts with specific references to this week’s resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. Also support all your written ideas with citations and references. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

  1. Errick Thornton

RE: Discussion 2 – Week 1


Great post, Cheraldo! Social learning theory would aid clients from various service populations. The theory highlights the fact that people learn from each another. Therefore, part of the path towards changing ones negative behavior would be linked  to the aspects of  observation, imitation, and modeling.  “Unlearning aggressive behaviors and relearning socially appropriate behaviors are the main intervention ideas of social learning theory. Social skills training may be an essential component of a program that focuses on developing social competence through the use of modeling, role playing, and social skills. Such training would include adapting or modifying previously used social skills as well as finding alternative strategies for coping with the intensively distressing emotional conditions engendered by various social situations”  (Yang, H. 2002).  With the case I described with   LaBrandon B., social learning theory will lessen some of his anger issues. Role playing certain certain appropriate behaviors would benefit the young man greatly. 

Yang, H. (2002). Adolescents with Aggressive Behavior:  Implications for Therapeutic Recreation. The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research, 2(4). Retrieved  from http://larnet.org/2002-2.html 

Professors question

RE: Discussion 2 – Week 1 Collapse

  1. Answer this 2 questions in APA format and support all your written ideas with APA citation and references.
  1.  Are all theories based on empirical evidence? 
  2. If so, how does this help inform practice?

Support your posts with specific references to this week’s resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references

SOCW 6060 week 1

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

Robbins, S. P., Chatterjee, P., & Canda, E. R. (2012). Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Allyn & Bacon.

  • Chapter 1, “The Nature of Theories“ (pp. 1–24)

Okpych, N. J., & Yu, J. L. (2014). A historical analysis of evidence-based practice in social work: The unfinished journey toward an empirically grounded profession. Social Service Review, 88(1), 3–58.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Salas, L. M., Sen, S., & Segal, E. A. (2010). Critical theory: Pathway from dichotomous to integrated social work practice. Families In Society, 91(1), 91–96.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library database

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