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National Association of Social Workers  

Elizabeth J. Clark

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Jun 2013
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership association of professional social workers in the world with nearly 145,000 members. Formed in 1955 by uniting ... More

Occupational Social Work  

Paul A. Kurzman

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Jun 2013
Occupational (industrial) social work, one of the newest fields of policy and practice, has evolved since the mid-1960s to become a dynamic arena for social service and practice ... More

Organizational Change in Human Service Organizations  

Thomas Packard

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Jun 2013
This article presents an overview of the field of organizational change as it applies to human service organizations (HSOs). It offers definitions, conceptual models, and perspectives for ... More

Organizations and Associations  

Bradford W. Sheafor

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
In U.S. society, individuals are designated “professional” when they meet the requirements for a profession. However, professions are developed and maintained through various professional ... More

Philanthropy  

Jerry D. Marx

Philanthropy can be defined as the voluntary effort to increase the well-being of humankind. It includes the giving of money, time, or other resources to charitable organizations. ... More

Police Social Work  

George T. Patterson

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
Police social workers are professionally trained social workers or individuals with related academic degrees employed within police departments or social service agencies who receive ... More

Policy Practice  

Demetrius S. Iatridis

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
Major socioeconomic developments during the last decades of the twentieth century and the beginning of the new millennium, including globalization, urbanization, the diminishing nationally ... More

Prison Social Work  

Jason Matejkowski, Toni Johnson, and Margaret E. Severson

This entry provides a description of prison social work and the array of responsibilities that social workers in prison settings have, including intake screening and assessment, ... More

Privilege  

Cheryl L. Franks and Marion Riedel

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
Privilege is the invisible advantage and resultant unearned benefits afforded to dominant groups of people because of a variety of sociodemographic traits. Privilege provides economic and ... More

Professional Conduct  

Ann A. Abbott

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Jun 2013
The professional review process delineates procedures for hearing complaints of alleged professional misconduct by members of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). It provides ... More

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