Week 1 – DQ 1: What are the four major themes of human services? Which theme do you think is most critical for human service professionals?
According to Woodside and McClam, the four major themes of human services include problems with living, the growing number of problems in the modern world, self-sufficiency, and the three distinct functions human services serve: social care, social control, and rehabilitation (An Introduction to Human Services). I find that human service functions is the more critical theme in human services. As discussed in the book, the separation of social care, social control, and rehabilitation is often very difficult considering they tend to occur simultaneously (Woodside & McClam, 2012). Because of this, a better understanding, concentration, and knowledge of one’s social needs, his or her past, and the cause behind his or her needed rehabilitation is essential to said person’s self-sufficiency. Nothing can be gained or accomplished until something is learned and/or discovered. Almeada’s issues, for example, were once helped by Ms. LaRosa because of her persistence in learning of Almeada and Anna’s social needs (Woodside & McClam, 2012). This theme somewhat encompasses Almeada’s problems with living, the problems she is experiencing in the modern world, and her lack of self-sufficiency.
Week 1 – DQ 2: Discuss the role of psychology, sociology, and anthropology in the human services field. Which of these disciplines has had the largest effect on human services? Explain why.
Psychology, sociology, and anthropology are congruent in a person’s standing in society. One’s actions and behaviors prompted by his or her mind (psychology), the influence of those in one’s society (sociology), and one’s cultural, physical, and social development (anthropology) are going to encourage one’s decisions, reactions, and goals in life (Woodside & McClam, 2012). The roles of these academic