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date: 17 September 2019

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Direct practice in social work represents the micro-level practice environment (individuals, families, and groups). This encompasses a vast arena of practice as social workers are employed in many different social service, educational, health, and mental health settings and serve many different roles within these settings. What underlies these various roles and settings is social work's commitment to bring services to oppressed and vulnerable people and to improve their quality of life.

Keywords: direct practice, strengths-based practice, evidence-based practice

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