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date: 03 December 2022

Direct Social Work Practicelocked

Direct Social Work Practicelocked

  • Joseph WalshJoseph WalshSchool of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University


Direct social work practice is the application of social work theory and/or methods to the resolution and prevention of psychosocial problems experienced by individuals, families, and groups. In this article, direct practice is discussed in the context of social work values, empowerment, diversity, and multiculturalism, as well as with attention to client strengths, spirituality, and risk and resilience influences. The challenges of practice evaluation are also considered.


  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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