Sample Social Work and Human Services on Poverty, Charity, and Motherhood: Maternal Societies in nineteenth-century France

Discussion Questions One

 The national challenge to human services professionals is poverty while at an international level the challenge is language barrier. Poverty is an issue that affects humanitarian work. This is because of the fact that one has to address the issues before rendering help in form of financial or material assistance. The advantages of solving poverty issues are as follow. First, the audiences will be able to concentrate and avail themselves to human professional service providers. Secondly, they will collaborate during the sessions hence the goals of engaging in the humanitarian work are deemed to bear fruits (Sheppard, 2010). These are just but some of the reasons as to why a professional social worker needs to solve the issues before engaging the community in any activity. For example, poverty in many nations hinders human services professionals’ effort to implement professional services associated to social work. A professional social worker has to give items such as food and water to enable people attend seminars or lessons.

Language barrier is a challenge faced at the international level as a person has to learn different languages before engaging a community or ethnic groups in a new endeavor (Penn, Romano & Foat, 2011). This goes hand in hand with the learning of cultural behaviors and norms that may hinder success. Addressing the issue in advance has the following benefits. The first benefit is the facilitation of the communication and information delivery system. Another benefit is increased participation due to improved communication endeavor that enables the sharing of ideas and issues. Problems are solved as soon as they arises, hence creating a favorable environment. A good example involves moving out to offer services to a community that is illiterate which is unable to respond to human professionals. Breaking the barriers ensures that the initiative sails through successfully (Glicken, 2012).


Glicken, M. D. (2012). A guide to writing for human services professionals. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Penn, M., Romano, J. L., & Foat, D. (2011). The relationship between job satisfaction and burnout: A study of human service professionals. Administration and Policy in Mental Health12(2), 123-142. doi:10.1007/BF00869249

Sheppard, M. (2010). Appraising and using social research in the human services: An introduction for social work and health professionals. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Discussion Two

Poverty in Illinois is increasing at an alarming rate. This calls for social change, advocacy and leadership interventions. I hope to use each of these factors in the following manner. Social change includes mobilizing the community at Illinois to embrace modern farming and business trends to alleviate poverty. This will not only enables them make the end meet but also improves their social lives. Most of the residents at Illinois love leisure. Many families do not inculcate work ethic and values. This behavioral attribute needs to change so as to improve the community social welfare. Therefore, using the community leaders and other social figures, I will encourage the society to embrace work ethics as a social value (Lenagala & Ram, 2010).

Leadership influences the way people behave and deal with issues that affect their relationship with others and amongst themselves. Using my leadership skills and competence, I intend to influence the community at Illinois to undertake initiatives that will benefits the community. An example of these initiatives includes the structuring of business policies that may facilitate business undertakings. It makes sure that government creates a favorable environment for business enterprises which increases employment opportunity for quite a good number of the community members (Davidson, Crump, & Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, 2010). Lastly, advocacy is championing for the right things and actions in the society that aids avert the ordeal. Poverty is attributed to people’s behavior. It comes as a result of a population behavior and perspective towards work. If a community encourages people to work hard and compete for the few available resources, growth is achieved while the vice verse is true (Adams, 2010). Thus, I will advocate for a healthy competition between businesses and employment of the young people who poses a threat to security in the event of massive unemployment.


Adams, C. (2010). Poverty, charity, and motherhood: Maternal societies in nineteenth-century France. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Davidson, F. M., Crump, J. R., & Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. (2010). Employment, population, and poverty in rural Illinois: Census results, 1990. Macomb, IL: Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.

Lenagala, C., & Ram, R. (2010). Growth elasticity of poverty: estimates from new data. International Journal of Social Economics23(1), 126-140. doi:10.1108/03068291011083008