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work

 [werk]
activity directed toward accomplishing something.
social work the activity of a social worker; work designed to promote the welfare of an individual or group.
social work/counseling in the omaha system, the planning by a social worker or counselor to promote the welfare of individuals or families.

social work

Provision of social services (in fields such as child welfare, criminal justice, hospital-based medicine, or mental health) and the promotion of social welfare by a professionally trained person. Social work often involves advocacy and aid for individuals who are poor, elderly, homeless, unemployed, or discriminated against in society because of gender, race, or other biases.
See also: work
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In Pakistan, little has been published about the history of social work education and training in Pakistan.
This article provides an overview of both undergraduate- and graduate-level social work education in Saudi Arabia.
The Army's ultimate goal is for all social work graduates to achieve independent licensure in 2 years.
The global and interdisciplinary concept of well-being and the importance of its integration into both domestic and international social work practice is discussed by Dorothy Gamble in "Well-Being in a Globalized World: Does Social Work Know How to Make it Happen?
Despite some of these shortcomings this book is an extremely valuable contribution to social work literature in Canada.
Whereas prior studies and rankings have compared graduate social work programs with each other across a range of quality indices, this editorial represents a first attempt to compare these programs with non--social work professional schools and academic departments across selected dimensions.
Building on ideas derived from the civil rights, national identity, and feminist struggles of the 1960s, the work of these and other community practice social work authors began to explicitly link the concept of self-determination with the idea of power.
Dominelli's (2001 as cited in Findlay & McCormack, 2007) study of 179 social workers in Britain via a mailed postal questionnaire, found that social workers had limited insight regarding the broader structural influences of globalization processes on social work practice at the local level.
There is also concern about trends where other professions are providing social services without the benefit of full social work training, such as when nurses are asked to serve as patient advocates, according to Batiste-Roberts.
We have a lot of very talented people in our Section, and we thought one of the ways we could pull together as a group would be to do a book on public health social work," said Keefe, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.
For social work faculty, this guide explains how to integrate computers, the internet, and course management software into the social work curriculum in traditional, distance education, hybrid, or total online courses, as well as using technology to teach about diversity and cultural competence.
Social work exists to help people, but if done improperly, it can do just as much damage as it can prevent.

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