SOCW 6361 Walden Week 9 Mental Illness Social Problem Policy Alternative Paper

Project: Part 4: Identification of a Policy Alternative

As an astute social worker and professional
policy advocate, once you have selected and identified a social problem,
you begin the process of creating and implementing a policy that
addresses that social problem. One of the first things you do in the
implementation process is an analysis of the social policy you
identified. There is always the possibility that the policy created and
implemented to address the social problem you identified is not viable
for a variety of reasons. In this case, you must explore a policy

In Part 4 of your ongoing Social Change Project
assignment, you identify a policy alternative to the social problem you

By Day 7

Complete Part 4 of your Social Change Project.

Address the following items within a 3-4 page paper:

  • What is the policy alternative?
  • What, if any, change(s) in the policy alternative are necessary and
    where will they need to occur (local, state, national, and
  • Is this policy alternative congruent with social work values? Explain.
  • What is the feasibility of the alternative policy (political, economic, and administrative)?
  • Does the policy alternative meet the policy goals (e.g., social
    equality, redistribution of resources, social work values, and ethics)?
  • What are the forces that are for/against the policy?
  • What policy advocacy skills can be used to support the policy alternative?
  • How does the current policy affect clinical social work practice with clients?
  • What changes could be made in the policy to support the needs of clients seeking clinical services?
  • Provide an update on the advocacy activities your proposed in the Week 6 Assignment (find attached my week6 assignment).

Make sure that your assertions are supported by appropriate research and reputable resources.

Required Readings

Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Series.

  • Chapter 11, “Developing Political Strategy and Putting It into Action in the Policy-Enacting Task” (pp. 372-419)

McNutt, J. (2011). Is social work advocacy worth the cost? Issues and barriers to an economic analysis of social work political practice. Research on Social Work Practice, 21(4), 397–403.

Sherraden, M. S., Slosar, B., & Sherraden, M. (2002). Innovation in social policy: Collaborative policy advocacy. Social Work, 47(3), 209–221.

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