Trends in Social Work, 1874-1956: A History Based on the Proceedings of the National Conference of Social Work

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39 THE CONDITION OF SOCIAL
WORK

INCLINED to be self-critical, social work around the beginning of its second half-century as a profession seemed to have turned a corner of its own devising and was especially self-evaluative. In 1952 the Council on Social Work Education was formed out of the American Association of Schools of Social Work and the National Association of Schools of Social Administration. In 1955 a single professional membership organization, the National Association of Social Workers, was formed out of no less than seven "specialized" membership bodies. A major study of social work education was completed. A study of 50,000 social workers was completed--who they were, where, what they did, what they earned, whom they worked for, what training they had, and more.

Little of these developments can find a place here, except the study that opens several points of concern: social work's effort to define itself more precisely.


SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION

Harriett M. Bartlett, chairman of the Study Committee of the Council on Social Work Education, in 1951, oriented the Annual Meeting to the "Hollis-Taylor report,"1 as it was commonly called. She thought the report put the profession

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Ernest V. Hollis and Alice L. Taylor, Social Work Education in the United States ( New York: Columbia University Press, 1951).

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