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Professional Impairment  

Wilma Peebles-Wilkins

Practitioners who were presumed to be competent may develop difficulties that interfere with job performance. Such professionals are considered impaired and may suffer from compassion ... More

Professional Liability and Malpractice  

Yvonne Chase

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Jun 2013
Malpractice claims against social workers are a reality. Although social workers are trained as students in the importance of adhering to the NASW Code of Ethics, the results of ethics and ... More

Racism  

Selena T. Rodgers

Racism is pervasive, endemic, and historically rooted in systematic assumptions inherent in superiority based on race and requires the critical attention of all social workers. The ... More

Recording  

Jill Doner Kagle

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
Social workers keep records to demonstrate accountability to their agencies, clients, communities, and profession. They also record to enhance practice and support a variety of ... More

Social Policy: History (1900–1950)  

Iris Carlton-LaNey

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
This entry traces American social welfare development from the 1890s to 1950. It also includes social work's participation and response to need during two critical times in American ... More

Social Policy: History (Colonial Times to 1900)  

Phyllis J. Day

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
American social welfare began in the colonial period with the adoption of the Elizabethan Poor Laws as the basis for treatment of society's poor and deviant. By the beginning of the ... More

Social Policy: Overview  

John M. Herrick

Social policy is how a society responds to social problems. Any government enactment that affects the well-being of people, including laws, regulations, executive orders, and court ... More

Social Services  

Philip R. Popple

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
Formal or institutional social services began in the United States in the late 19th century as a response to problems that were rapidly increasing as a result of modernization. These ... More

Social Work Education: Doctoral  

James E. Lubben

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
Social work doctoral education in the U.S. commenced almost 100 years ago. Although initial growth was slow, the number of universities offering doctoral degrees in social work has rapidly ... More

Social Work Education: Electronic Technologies  

Philip M. Ouellette and David Wilkerson

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Jun 2013
The growth in technological advances in recent years has revolutionized the way we teach, learn, and practice social work. Due to increases in educational costs and the need for students ... More

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