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date: 29 January 2023

Home-based Interventionslocked

Home-based Interventionslocked

  • Susan F. AllenSusan F. AllenDepartment of Society, Culture & Languages; School of Social Work, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
  •  and Elizabeth M. TracyElizabeth M. TracyElizabeth M. Tracy, PhD, is the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor of Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.


Home visiting and home-based intervention are two strategies used by social workers when working with individuals or families in direct practice. The basic rationale for home-based work is the benefit to social workers’ assessments and understanding of clients, as well as the benefit of more relevant practice with families who are seen in the setting where difficulties are occurring. Home-based interventions have been shown to be effective in improving health and decreasing family discord. When visiting the home, the social worker has the added responsibility of respecting the privacy of families as a guest in their homes.


  • Aging and Older Adults
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Disabilities
  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Populations and Practice Settings

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Content and examples updated to include additional information on the diverse settings and models for social work home-based interventions and to reflect mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

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