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date: 26 September 2022

The Life Model of Social Work Practice: A Macro Viewlocked

The Life Model of Social Work Practice: A Macro Viewlocked

  • Alex GittermanAlex GittermanUniversity of Connecticut
  •  and Carolyn KnightCarolyn KnightUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore

Summary

From its earliest days and roots in the Settlement House and Charity Organization Society movements, the social work profession has debated whether its focus should be on social change in the pursuit of social justice or on treatment in pursuit of social functioning. The Life Model of social work practice integrates these two approaches to improving the lives and functioning of individuals, families, groups, and communities into a coherent whole. Professional skills and strategies of life-modeled social work practice empower clients to address life stressors and overcome traumatic experiences. Life-modeled social workers also develop the skills needed to influence organizations to be more responsive to clients’ needs, mobilize communities to engage in collective action, and advocate for legislative and regulatory policies that promote social justice.

Subjects

  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Human Behavior
  • Social Work Profession

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