IS SOCIAL WORK A LIAISON ACTIVITY? A PROFESSIONAL DEBATE, OF SORTS

  • Yvonne M. Johnson Adjunct lecturer, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY

Abstract

The debate I address is one with which I have struggled since I decided to become a social worker: How is social work to be defined, and what characterizes the social worker's activity and purpose? My thinking related to the nature of social work has its roots in my upbringing In Scotland and my education and social work practice in London and New York. Tracing the development of my ideas might appear self-indulgent. However, understanding this process might enable me to grapple with the history of internal debate and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of my position. Without reference to the development of my thinking over time, my position within the context of the professional debate is not made fully explicit.

 

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Published
2014-06-25
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