Unfaithful Angels: How Social Work Has Abonded its Msission / Edition 1

Unfaithful Angels: How Social Work Has Abonded its Msission / Edition 1

by Harry Specht, Mark E. Courtney
     
 

In this provocative examination of the fall of the profession of social work from its original mission to aid and serve the underprivileged, Harry Specht and Mark Courtney show how America's excessive trust in individualistic solutions to social problems have led to the abandonment of the poor in this country.

A large proportion of all certified social workers today

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Overview

In this provocative examination of the fall of the profession of social work from its original mission to aid and serve the underprivileged, Harry Specht and Mark Courtney show how America's excessive trust in individualistic solutions to social problems have led to the abandonment of the poor in this country.

A large proportion of all certified social workers today have left the social services to enter private practice, thereby turning to the middle class -- those who can afford psychotherapy -- and away from the poor. As Specht and Courtney persuasively demonstrate, if social work continues to drift in this direction there is good reason to expect that the profession will be entirely engulfed by psychotherapy within the next twenty years, leaving a huge gap in the provision of social services traditionally filled by social workers. The authors examine the waste of public funds this trend occasions, as social workers educated with public money abandon community service in increasing numbers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780028740867
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
209
Sales rank:
1,264,901
Product dimensions:
0.52(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Social Work and Psychotherapy in the American Community1
Ch. 2Psychotherapy: Magic, Religion, or Science?30
Ch. 3The Emergence of Social Work as a Profession60
Ch. 4Social Work, the Siren Call of Psychiatry, and the Growth of the Welfare State86
Ch. 5The Movement of Social Work into Private Practice (and Away from the Poor)106
Ch. 6Social Work in the Twenty-first Century: Replacing Psychotherapy with Community Education130
Ch. 7A Proposal for a Community-Based System of Social Care152
Notes176
Index201

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