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date: 29 November 2022

Rural Practice in Macro Settingslocked

Rural Practice in Macro Settingslocked

  • Laura TrullLaura TrullJames Madison University


Rural social work, the history of which stretches back more than a century, has been revitalized since the mid-1970s. Definitions, typologies, and characteristics of rurality are provided, which serve as a framework for rural practice, policy, and research concerns. A primary focus is on differentiating rural social work from social work in urban areas. Theories relevant to rural practice, issues that disproportionately affect rural people, and considerations for preparation of rural practitioners are shared. Social workers interested in additional information are given basic references, as well as material specific to rural practice and allied professions in rural work.


  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Ethics and Values
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Populations and Practice Settings
  • Poverty

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