Social Services Scenarios
Overview: This unit introduces students to the field of social service. What is it? Who does it? How are social services delivered? What are the qualifications for entry-level positions?
Objectives: Introduce and define the field and role of human/social services. Suggest alternatives for problem solving. Improve analytical skills. Improve communication skills. Gain experience in group work.
Developing the lesson: Write on the blackboard the words Social Services. Read scenarios* or watch video vignettes that portray troubling situations - flooding, fires, car accidents, court battles, war etc. Ask students how to address these situations. Stress the uniqueness of each introduced person and each portrayed situation and the importance of offering individualized response. Have students analyze each scenario or vignettes and determine what is happening. List varying perceptions on the board. Organize students into small groups to identify the problems and devise ways to solve them.
Extending lesson: Interview social service professionals about their goals, qualifications and job satisfactions. Research services available in community. Invite representatives to Public Service Learning Fair.
* If you cannot access appropriate scenarios or vignettes, use these or create your own:
How Can Social Services Help? ~ Read & Solve the Scenarios
Adapted from www.theroundtable.org