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Social Work Education: Field Work  

Gary L. Shaffer

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Jun 2013
Field education has played a significant role in the professional development of social workers since the beginning of the last century. Although the apprenticeship model of training ... More

Social Work Education: Human Behavior and Social Environment  

Elizabeth D. Hutchison

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Jun 2013
This entry provides a brief history of social work's changing knowledge base about human behavior and identifies the current knowledge base as multidimensional, multispherical, ... More

Social Work Education: Multiculturalism  

Ann Rosegrant Alvarez

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Jun 2013
Despite many debates about the meaning and implications of multiculturalism, it remains an important concept within social work and other professional and academic disciplines. The basic ... More

Social Work Education: Research  

David E. Biegel and Susan Yoon

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Jun 2013
Research education at the bachelor’s and master’s levels has attempted to address concerns related to students’ purported lack of interest in research courses and graduates’ failure to ... More

Social Work Education: Social Welfare Policy  

Ira C. Colby

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Jun 2013
The educational imperative to study social welfare policy has remained a constant throughout the history of social-work education. Although specific policies and social issues may change ... More

Social Work Education and Regulation in Australia  

Karen Healy

This article provides an overview and analysis of social work education and professional standards in Australia. The professional education and practice standards are set and monitored by ... More

Social Work in Cuba  

David L. Strug

This entry discusses the development of social work in Cuba since the revolution of 1959. It describes a community-oriented social work initiative created by the government in 2000 to ... More

Social Work Malpractice, Liability, and Risk Management  

Frederic G. Reamer

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Sep 2013
Social workers have become increasingly aware of malpractice and liability risks. Disgruntled clients, former clients, and others may file formal ethics complaints and lawsuits against ... More

Social Work Practice: History and Evolution  

John G. McNutt

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Jun 2013
Social work is a profession that began its life as a call to help the poor, the destitute and the disenfranchised of a rapidly changing social order. It continues today still pursuing that ... More

Social Work Practice: Theoretical Base  

Jerry Floersch

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Jun 2013
This essay broadly examines theory, practice, and the role of theory in practice. Theory has an abstract and philosophical side and a concrete, empirical, or practice side. Theories need ... More

Social Work Profession: Political Context  

June Gary Hopps and Tony B. Lowe

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Jun 2013
The profession addressed a panoply of social problems that grew larger in an ever-expanding geopolitical environment, where social equity or justice was often a remedial value. Social ... More

Social Work Profession: History  

Paul H. Stuart

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Jun 2013
The social work profession originated in volunteer efforts to address the social question, the paradox of increasing poverty in an increasingly productive and prosperous economy, in Europe ... More

Social Work Profession: Workforce  

Toby Weismiller and Tracy Whitaker

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Jun 2013
A profession’s ability to identify and predict its workforce capacity depends largely upon its understanding of labor-market trends and emerging service-delivery systems. Concerns about ... More

Solo Athumani Solo  

Helmut Spitzer

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Jan 2016
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Biographies
Solo Athumani Solo (1959–2004) was an influential social work practitioner and educator in Tanzania. His professional life was dedicated to the advocacy of children’s rights and the ... More

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in Schools  

Cynthia Franklin and Constanta Belciug

One of the most promising areas of intervention for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is with children, adolescents, and teachers in school settings. SFBT was applied in schools during ... More

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy  

Mo Yee Lee

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Sep 2013
Building on a strengths perspective and using a time-limited approach, solution-focused brief therapy is a treatment model in social work practice that holds a person accountable for ... More

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr  

Edna Comer

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Jan 2014
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Biographies

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008) is best known as a Soviet dissident and novelist and for being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Specht, Harry  

Neil Gilbert

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Jun 2013
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Harry Specht (1929–1995) was a social work educator who began his professional career in New York's settlement houses. In 1977 he was appointed dean of the School of Social Welfare, ... More

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status  

Susan Schmidt

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is an immigration classification that provides a pathway to lawful permanent residency for non-citizen immigrant children in the United States who ... More

Spellman, Dorothea C.  

Maryann Syers

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Jun 2013
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Biographies
Dorothea C. Spellman (1907–1979) headed the group work specialization at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. Her primary contributions were in group work and as an ... More

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