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Leah B.
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Social Work
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Question:

What is categorized as a macro-system intervention and what would it look like?

Leah B.
Answer:

Well if we break down what the difference between micro, mezzo and macro is they all seek the same result to change the system but they intervene differently right. I try to think of it like those eggs that fit inside one another. The first little egg fits together that is the individual and a social worker who works at this level seeks to make an impact on the system by changing the individual. The Mezzo the next biggest egg-is the community social worker they interact daily with the individual but not doing individual work this would be like your local health initiative social worker or school based education social worker, something to try to affect the community the individual lives in. the next bigger egg or the Macro system social worker interventions are those social workers identifying the things that need to change at a bigger level to make the individuals lives better, this could be a state social worker who works with policy changes, or a researcher looking into how to vulnerability and how to shape resiliency thus its impact could shape both policy, the community and the individual. Its helpful to think about a tree and all its rings each ring feeds the other but it all goes back to the individual too.

Family and Consumer Sciences
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Question:

My professor has asked us to complete a geneogram, I am so confused by this project I don't know where to begin, especially all these symbols. Its supposed to be about my own family and patterns. What do geneograms have to do with patterns in my family?

Leah B.
Answer:

Geneograms were created by family systems therapists to analyze families relationships, histories, careers, diseases, and social histories of families in a picture. The basic symbols of a geneogram depict the gender of the family members (male, female, transgendered); the relationships those family members are involved in (married, separated, divorced); the sexual history (bisexual, heterosexual, gay, lesbian); Employed, Military, Addictions, they each have a specific symbol and can be as detailed as you want and as creative as you want to be with this project. Almost always your project will outline the basic information which MUST be in the geneogram which will be the number of generations you'll need to have-usually grandparents, your parents and you and your siblings- now this includes all of the family members. So its your mom's parents and your dads parents, then your dad and siblings and all their marriages and divorces, then your mom's siblings and their marriages divorces , then the kids is the next generation. is you, your siblings, and ALL your first cousins. Often during these projects you'll also get a basic key from your professor, if not a good place to get a key from is the Multicultural Family Institute, they have the free basic symbols of family geneograms. Be creative look at all the different ways your family is different and similar. Its does take time and effort and either alot of space on poster board or on the computer if your good at symbols and things. There are some programs out there to help but they don't allow you to add your own symbols, colors, lines, etc. Other musts: year born and died, yr marriages, divorces, deaths, ages, and your relationship to these people in your life Relationships are often depicted through different line types drawn from one relationship to another: straight = good normal jagged= hostile dotted= distant two lines= close three lines = enmeshed Marriages are depicted through a straight horizontal line connecting two people Divorces are a straight horizontal line connecting two people with two perpendicular slashes through the line Living together is depicted through straight horizontal line dashes connecting the person Separations are depicted with only one line through the horizontal line Deaths are depicted by an X through the person's identified symbol Ages are recorded in the gender symbol Male =Square Female=Circle Male to female transgender = Square inside Circle Female to Male transgender= Circle inside Square Gay or Lesbian = triangle pointed down in gender symbol Bisexual= dotted triangle pointed down in gender symbol Pets are depicted by Diamonds All other symbols can be found through the handouts given by your professor You can create other colors and symbols to depict other things like careers, religious orientations, etc, the only other requirement is to create a key to identify what each means. When writing your paper consider looking at what is a distinct change you saw from generation to generation, what is the same, what is different, what seems to be a gender similarity in jobs, traditions, rituals, etc. It's yours to examine, and help you understand yourself, better, your history better. These are often used in therapies such as addictions to point out the environmental influences of addictions and how it is passed down from generation to generation, the same can be said for different illnesses, or on the flip side particular career choices or military families. It can bring awareness's about new things to begin in the family or things to change. Good Luck

Study Skills
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I can't seem to find the right study schedule for any of my exams, every time I end up cramming for an exam, and then don't do well, its like I forget all the information. What can I do to help me with this? I don't think I can cram for another exam..

Leah B.
Answer:

I like to look at studying for exams as marathon training rather than sprinting. One of the best ways to look at studying for an exam is to look at when the next exam is scheduled. Next identify what materials this exam is covering. Then for each week leading up to the exam set aside a specific time to review material from the course for the exam, this isn't just time to do homework for this class. This is the time you'll go over your lecture notes, exam outlines, and other materials from the course to determine what exactly you have covered this week that will be on your exam. Your teachers will be giving you cues during class as to what might be a test question or materials which could be on the test. This information can be transferred to creative study materials which fit your best learning process. For instance if your someone who learns best from pictures, this would be creating pictures to help you remember these particular study items. Then during the week prior to the exam set aside 20-30 minutes each night to go back through these materials again, beginning with the 1st week you began. You'll want to also look through any of the other ideas your teacher has given you in regards to whats on the test-such as study outlines. Some times its a good to go to a study group to help yourself create new connections, often times study groups use speaking out loud to quiz one another. This is a proven study technique, you are more likely to remember what you have spoken out loud.

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