Issues in Social Work: A Critical Analysis

Issues in Social Work: A Critical Analysis

Issues in Social Work: A Critical Analysis

Issues in Social Work: A Critical Analysis

Synopsis

An analysis of the key contemporary concerns in social work theory.

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Roland G. Meinert

All professions move through unique and variable developmental cycles and eventually arrive at a point in time where they first identify, try to understand, and then subsequently deal with pandemic issues that are defined as critical. Many times the critical issues are also felt to be problematic and requiring attention and effort to remedy. in the early stages of development of an occupation or line of work there are issues that are critical to continued progression toward full professionalism. Then, after a profession has achieved a certain level of public acceptance and technological sophistication, other issues requiring attention frequently arise that lack a developmental aura. These are issues that many find troublesome in regard to the very objectives that the profession is attempting to achieve in fulfilling its current societal mission. This introductory chapter focuses on how the profession of social work identifies critical issues, then offers a discussion of some of the most prominent ones.

For the purposes of this analysis, an issue in social work is operationally defined as critical when it satisfies three criteria. First, an issue is critical when it is manifested in some fashion in the public consciousness of the profession's members rather than only in their private minds. the issue must, therefore, transcend a person's unique professional persona and practice and become significant to the larger body. Second, the issue must not be a trivial one, but rather must score high on the scale of importance for the critical mass of members of the profession. Last, the issue must be of such a nature that if it is not dealt with there are long-range consequences, either positive or negative, for the profession itself. Thus, an issue . . .

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