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Social Work Education: Research  

David E. Biegel and Susan Yoon

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Jun 2013
Research education at the bachelor’s and master’s levels has attempted to address concerns related to students’ purported lack of interest in research courses and graduates’ failure to ... More

Social Work Education: Social Welfare Policy  

Ira C. Colby

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Jun 2013
The educational imperative to study social welfare policy has remained a constant throughout the history of social-work education. Although specific policies and social issues may change ... More

Social Work in Cuba  

David L. Strug

This entry discusses the development of social work in Cuba since the revolution of 1959. It describes a community-oriented social work initiative created by the government in 2000 to ... More

Social Work Malpractice, Liability, and Risk Management  

Frederic G. Reamer

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Sep 2013
Social workers have become increasingly aware of malpractice and liability risks. Disgruntled clients, former clients, and others may file formal ethics complaints and lawsuits against ... More

Social Work Practice: History and Evolution  

John G. McNutt

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Jun 2013
Social work is a profession that began its life as a call to help the poor, the destitute and the disenfranchised of a rapidly changing social order. It continues today still pursuing that ... More

Social Work Practice: Theoretical Base  

Jerry Floersch

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Jun 2013
This essay broadly examines theory, practice, and the role of theory in practice. Theory has an abstract and philosophical side and a concrete, empirical, or practice side. Theories need ... More

Social Work Profession: Political Context  

June Gary Hopps and Tony B. Lowe

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Jun 2013
The profession addressed a panoply of social problems that grew larger in an ever-expanding geopolitical environment, where social equity or justice was often a remedial value. Social ... More

Social Work Profession: History  

Paul H. Stuart

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Jun 2013
The social work profession originated in volunteer efforts to address the “social question,” the paradox of increasing poverty in an increasingly productive and prosperous economy, in ... More

Social Work Profession: Workforce  

Toby Weismiller and Tracy Whitaker

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Jun 2013
A profession’s ability to identify and predict its workforce capacity depends largely upon its understanding of labor-market trends and emerging service-delivery systems. Concerns about ... More

Teams  

Julie Abramson and Laura R. Bronstein

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Jun 2013
Teams maximize the coordinated expertise of various professionals. Social work skills used with clients, especially contracting, monitoring team processes, managing conflict, creating a ... More

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