The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work by Frederic G. Reamer
Social work is an academic discipline and profession that concerns itself with individuals, families , groups and communities in an effort to enhance social functioning and overall well-being. Social work practice is often divided into micro-work, which involves working directly with individuals or small groups; and macro-work, which involves working with communities, and - within social policy - fostering change on a larger scale. The social work industry  developed in the 19th century, with some of its roots in voluntary philanthropy and in grassroots organizing. The effects of the Industrial Revolution and of the Great Depression of the s placed pressure on social work to become a more defined discipline. Social work is a broad profession that intersects with several disciplines.
I HAVE been asked to speak on the subject "The Philosophy of Social. Work." No one can claim to give the philosophy of social work, and even a philosophy of.
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Social Casework Philosophy, Principles and Components (SWE)
To me, social work can be defined as having knowledge in ways to promote social change and welfare within society. Bringing awareness to the various oppressions and privileges, recognizing and practicing evidence-based theories, empowering and advocating for the needs of individuals assist in reforming injustice throughout social order. To makes changes throughout humanity, one must first make changes within themselves, before taking on a group, community, or greater level. How does a Social Worker fit this definition? Social workers assist in promoting social change and welfare by learning as much as possible regarding the change wanting to be made, and raising awareness of social reform throughout society. With the result in mind, social workers advocate for every human to be treated as they wish.
We all operate from a personal philosophy, whether we are aware of it or not. When our career is in the helping professions, it is important that we take time to explore this notion of personal philosophy as it relates to our work; and further, as it relates to vocation as an opportunity for self-expression. What are your personal motivations for working in the helping professions? What is your Inspired Intention? Here are some questions to guide your process:.