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I have to address how to evaluate and assess empirical research in the professional practical arena of Family Therapy. I have reviewed the subject matter and began the project but wanted to insure that I was on the right track with the subject

I have to describe how both program evaluation and empirical research can impact the conduct of professional practice.
Give an example of an evaluation of a specific program, such as a substance abuse treatment program, domestic abuse education classes, or a homeless outreach center. Then, describe how the outcome of the evaluation might affect professional practice within the program.
Give an example of an empirical research study, including a description of the research question or questions. Describe how the findings of the research might be used to make changes to professional practice.
Describe the differences between program evaluation and empirical research.

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Issues in Conduct of Professional Practice

Social work and the human services industry are important practices and institutions that are essential for society. Social work as a field explores social justice, welfare and social change where the end goal is to improve the quality of human societies, of human life. As such, social workers and human services professionals are train on every aspect of social management to perform interventive programs via research, policy creation, community organizing, direct practice in communities as well as program creation/management and teaching. It is interdisciplinary - it borrows across the varied fields of social sciences using theories and critics that are relevant from sociology, economics, psychology, education, philosophy, political science and even further afield - like medicine. We can now easily imagine that social workers and human services workers move in a field that is dynamic were social needs and challenges change fast and as such, they must react to the trends to be able to create relevant solutions. The thing is, through their practice, the way they conduct themselves in the field and in taking up their roles must always be in accordance with what is ethical, professional and expected. A paper by Doyle, Miller and Mirza (2009) on the topic of social work ethics explains,

"The social work profession's value base and its attendant ethical structure in the United States are built on a foundation characterized by mainstream cultural values (Abbott, 1988). These generally accepted "mainstream" values and moral traditions might serve to exclude culturally determined ethical standards of people from other backgrounds, whether they are social workers themselves or clients served by the profession. Respect for diversity, one of the profession's explicit values, applies to both social work professionals and clients (CSWE, 2002). Social workers, regardless of their own background, must incorporate a comprehensive understanding of each client's culture and values into their work (CSWE, 2002). They also need to be aware of the possible influence of their own beliefs and values on practice in ethically challenging situations (Csikai, 1999). Therefore, in addition to managing competing professional values social workers must also manage the influence of their own personal value systems while simultaneously considering their clients' values when making ethical decisions."

Research and program evaluation are just among the many activities that a social worker and human services professional undertake in the course of doing their work. Outside of the over-all Code of Ethical Conduct social work and human services professional swear to upon joining the profession, their own organizations also have a set of principles that govern ethical and professional conduct and these informs the way they do their work. ...

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