Chapter

The Scope of Social Work Practice

The Profession of Social Work

  1. June G. Hopps1,
  2. Tony B. Lowe2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470373705.chsw001007

Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare

Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare

How to Cite

Hopps, J. G. and Lowe, T. B. 2008. The Scope of Social Work Practice. Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare. 1:3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Georgia, School of Social Work, Athens, Georgia, US

  2. 2

    University of Georgia, School of Social Work, Athens, Georgia, US

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

Abstract

The scope of social work practice continues to increase as old and new bio-psycho-socio-economic and political needs require consideration. The growth of social work knowledge, skills, and technologies are driven by both internal and external demands that have dramatically expanded practice approaches, settings and roles of the profession. The purpose of this entry is to provide a descriptive overview of the scope of social work practice with consideration of the changing environment and historical foot prints that have helped lead the way.

Keywords:

  • post-modern social work practice;
  • conceptual frameworks;
  • purpose of practice methods;
  • research in practice;
  • fields of practice;
  • future trends