Putting a Human Face on the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards: Claire's Narrative of Chaos.

  • Claire Bee University of Southern Maine
  • Paul Johnson University of Southern Maine


The following narrative describes one of the author’s experiences of dealing with a life with “mental illness.” During the course of taking a social welfare policy course, the student approached the teacher about revealing her story. It transpired that by revealing her story, the class was brought to life and a human face was put onto the concepts under discussion. Keywords: Social Work, Social Welfare Policy, Mental Illness, Narrative, Council on Social Work Education, Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards

Author Biographies

Claire Bee, University of Southern Maine
Undergraduate in University of Southern Maine School of Social Work
Paul Johnson, University of Southern Maine
School of Social Work Associate Professor
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