Educating a New Generation of Social Workers: Challenges and Skills Needed for Contemporary Agency-Based Practice

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Abstract

Schools of social work are continually challenged to provide professional training which effectively prepares students for the ever-changing and increasingly demanding contemporary practice context. This paper provides an overview of emerging clinical, organizational, and research trends and challenges within agency-based social work practice in the past decade. Implications of these changes for the profession will be discussed and recommendations will be offered for ways in which academic and field educators can best equip social work students with the skills needed to meet these challenges of the current agency-based practice context. These recommendations for social work practice, education, and research include the development of an integrated set of clinical, organizational, and research skills; directions for curriculum renewal and expansion; and academic field partnerships for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-254
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Challenges
  • Contemporary agency-based practice
  • Recommendations for social work education
  • Social work skills
  • Trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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