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Submitted By : Lance ParksSubmitted Date : August 9, 2010, 3:53 pm

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Conservative Social Worker--Is it okay?
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The purpose of this topic is to discuss the politics of helping professionals. A few questions to consider: Is there a place for conservatives in the helping professions? If you are a conservative, do you feel like an outcast in your profession? If you are not a conservative, do you feel there is room for conservatives, or do you feel their values come in conflict with a "good" social worker's values? I have not seen a place to discuss this topic and hope it could be done here to increase understanding and broaden knowledge.
If you have an opinion, even if it is a strong one, please share it, but please be respectful of others, even when you disagree with them.
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Submitted By : Suzanne Strohmeyer
Submitted Date : September 1, 2010, 4:22 am
Sure it's ok. My beliefs are a mix of liberal and conservative ideas. Social Workers try to be accepting of everyone's views, they just may not be our own. Everyone has a right to consider the facts and information and make decisions based on them. It is our responsibility as human beings and Social workers to find those facts and get that information to make an informed decision about anything. I do not have to agree with anyone--social workers or not.
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Submitted By : Susan Davis-Swanson
Submitted Date : September 1, 2010, 6:43 pm
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Submitted By : Maria Elena Gil
Submitted Date : October 23, 2015, 10:49 pm
What about the core social work value of social justice and serving the disenfranchised? "Conservative" in the political sense does not acknowledge structural oppression. How can systems work be congruent with this view?
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Submitted By : Brenda Koplan
Submitted Date : July 19, 2017, 12:06 pm
I must admit that I have struggled with understanding how social workers can embrace the current Conservative agenda. There is widespread polarization of all American citizens. Beginning with the election of Trump, it seems those fighting for social justice and individual human rights have been more liberal n their views. Social workers are needed now more than ever to bring about greater understanding of common goals we all share, how to work in unity to solve difficult problems, and common ground above all. As a system, we are out of balance and in danger of crumbling from within. My personal opinion is that we (Conservatives) have elected a con man who is not competent to be the POTUS. He has proved himself untrustworthy on a daily basis. America is suffering from poor judgment led by emotions rather than intelligence and logic. Vigilance, open mindedness, and courage is needed to face the days ahead.
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