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2011-09-07 13:45:16
HBSE vocab

Vocabulary for HBSE I
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  1. Generalist
    Practitioner who uses wide range of knowledge/ skills to help people with extensive array of problems/ issues.
  2. Human Diversity
    Range of differences among social categories; age, class, race, disability, gender, ethnicity, etc.
  3. Population-at-risk
    Group of people who share identifiable characteristic placing them at greater risk of social/ economic deprivation than general mainstream society.
  4. Power
    Ability to achieve goals despite opposition of others.
  5. Empowerment
    Process of increasing personal, interpersonal, political power so individual can take action to improve life situation.
  6. Strengths Perspective
    Orientation focusing on positive client qualities (i.e. resources, capabilities, knowledge, abilities, etc.) that can be put to use to solve problems/ pursue positive changes.
  7. Privilege
    Special rights/ benefits because of elevated social, political, economic status.
  8. Natural Support Network
    Group of people (family, friends, neighbors, curch members, etc.) who informally provide help/ support.
  9. Resiliency
    Ability to recover from adversity/ resume functioning even when suffering serious trouble, confusion, hardship.
  10. Risk
    Stressful life events/ adverse environmental conditions that increase vulnerability.
  11. Protection
    Factors that buffer, moderate, protect against vulnerabilities.
  12. Values
    Perceptions/ opinions held that identify what is good/ desirable.
  13. Ethics
    Principles based on values that guide behavior/ determine what is right/ correct.
  14. Ethical Dilemma
    Situation in which ethical principles conflict/ all solutions are imperfect.
  15. Confidentiality
    Being trustworthy/ keeping information secret.
  16. Critical Thinking
    Careful examination/ evaluation of beliefs/ actions to establish independent decision about what is true/ what is false.
  17. Theory
    Coherent group of principles, concepts, ideas organized to explain some observable occurrence/ trend providing framework for how to view something.
  18. System
    Set of elements that are orderly/ interrelated to make functional whole.
  19. Boundarieis
    Borders/ margins that separate one entity from another.
  20. Subsystem
    Secondary/ subordinate system that is component of larger system.
  21. Role
    Culturally established social behavior/ conduct expected of person in any designated, interpersonal relationship.
  22. Relationship
    Reciprocal, dynamic, interpersonal connection characterized by patterns of emotional exchange, communication, behavioral interaction.
  23. Input
    Energy, information, communication flow received from other systems.
  24. Out[it
    Response of system after receiving/ processing input that affects other systems in environment.
  25. Feedback
    Form of input in which system receives information about it own performance.
  26. Negative Feedback
    Feedback indicating problems that need to be addressed.
  27. Positive Feedback
    Feedback indicating what is being done correctly/ well.
  28. Interface
    Point at which two systems come into contact with each other/ communicate.
  29. Differentiation
    System's tendency to move from simpler to more complex existence.
  30. Entropy
    Tendency of system to progress toward disorganization, depletion, death.
  31. Negative Entropy
    System's process moving towards growth/ development.
  32. Equifinality
    Having many different means to same end.
  33. Social Environment
    Conditions, circumstances, human interactions that encompass human beings.
  34. Transactions
    Active/ dynamic interactions that can be positive or negative where people communicate with others in the environment.
  35. Energy
    Natural power of active involvement between people and their environments that can take form of input or output.
  36. Adaptation
    Capacity to adjust to surrounding environmental conditions in order to continue to function effectively.
  37. Organization
    Social entity that is goal-directed, designed as deliberately structured/ coordinated activity system linked to external environment.
  38. Accountability
    Practitioner's responsibility to provide ethical/ effective practice.
  39. Goal Displacement
    Substitution of legitmate goal with other goal which organization was not developed to address, for which resources were not allocated, which it is not known to serve.
  40. Coping
    Form of adaptation with goal of overcoming problems.
  41. Enabler
    Helps client cope with various stresses by breaking down problems into more manageable parts and identifying ways to resolve problems.
  42. Mediator
    Neutral party that helps resolve arguments/ conflicts by ensuring that all parties understand each other's positions while sharing the same goal.
  43. Integrator/ Coordinator
    Bringing components together in an organized manner to form a unified whole.
  44. Manager
    Having administrative responsibility to help accomplish goals.
  45. Educator
    Giving information and teaching skills.
  46. Analyst/ Evaluator
    Determines how well programs/ systems are working.
  47. Broker
    Person helps link clients with community resources/ services usually through a referral process.
  48. Facilitator
    One who guides/ directs group encounter/ gathering according to a plan to enhance service delivery.
  49. Initiator
    Person who calls attention to an issue.
  50. Negotiator
    Representative who works on behalf of client who is trying to gain something from another group/ system.
  51. Advocate
    Representative of client who has little/ no power to get what is needed.