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date: 02 October 2023

Contexts/Settings: Private/Independent Practice Settingslocked

Contexts/Settings: Private/Independent Practice Settingslocked

  • Sandra A. LopezSandra A. LopezDiplomate in Clinical Social Work; School of Social Work, University of Houston


Private independent practice (known historically as private practice) is a growing segment of the social work profession. Social workers entering this context are providing a range of services, including clinical and nonclinical. Major considerations for establishing, maintaining, and marketing a successful and ethical private independent practice will be discussed. Existing tensions and challenges in the social work profession and in the field of social work education will be briefly examined. Future directions for private independent practice of social work will be explored.


  • Administration and Management
  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Populations and Practice Settings
  • Social Work Profession

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