Course Objective


Framework for SW Practice

Clinical SW Practice

Assessment Methods and Techniques

Contributions to an Interdisciplinary Team

Training and Certification

Case Study


Credits and Acknowledgements


Last updated: 13-sep-12

Introduction to Social Work

Social work practice is aimed at assisting individuals, groups, or communities to enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and creating societal conditions favorable to reach their goals.

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (1999).

Examples of Social Work Practice Settings and Activities

Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, examples include:

Social workers undertake a variety of activities, examples include:

Social Work Practice

Social work practice involves a systematic process and activity designed to assess client situations and help clients achieve prescribed goals and promote optimal health and well being

Social work practice includes an understanding of:

Social workers have greatly expanded their roles to include the field of developmental disabilities. They need to be well-informed about medical advances, federal policy, ethical issues, and the latest social work practices when working with individuals who have a developmental disability.

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