Social Work and Human Services

read the embedded article entitled Coontz, “The way we weren’t: Myth and reality of the traditional family” by Stephanie Coontz. Use this article to think about your own family and other families you have known or worked within a human services role. As you consider the questions below, be sure to make effort to connect and cite the text chapters that apply to this module. Include definitions of concepts as portrayed in the text that will demonstrate your understanding, and provide the building blocks of your discussion.1-How do the basic concepts of systems theory (aka systems perspective) guide and help how you view families and the variety of forces, internal and external, that influence how family life proceeds? Did this model change your view of families and how they behave?2-How might your understanding a systems perspective affect how you might intervene and work with families?3-Postmodern thinking suggests that “our map of reality” is constructed. In other words, what each person perceives and how each person interprets his/her experience is subject to many influences from biology to culture. How do you think this view impacts you and your work with families? What are the potential negative effects of this view?4-What is the advantage of focusing on a family’s strengths? What advantages are there to acknowledging a family’s problems and vulnerabilities?

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