What is Social Work Practice? September 26, 2012
Social work is not a mechanical practice/process but rather an interplay of action, reflection and
o There is no exact system, as problems are individualistic
“Social work practice essentially consists of a series or process of interventionist actions.
Each person is viewed as unique; requires ability to think on one’s feet
ACTION REFLECTION ACTION
Three kinds of social work practice: individual, community, and group
Social workers are NOT in the business of giving advice
o Have to guide the person to the correct way, but are not supposed to say do this, then
this, then this.
Knowledge, Skills and Values
o Theory – are brought to the practice to be used as a general lens when analyzing specific
o Example social welfare system?
o What it means to help.