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date: 25 April 2018

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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 organizations and associations. As social work has evolved, the professional membership and professional education organizations have periodically unified, split, and later reunified when maintaining an identity as a single profession competed with the need to address the interests of different practice specialties, educational levels, and special interest groups within social work.

Keywords: profession, professional organizations, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

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