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

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

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by Harry Specht, Mark E. Courtney
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0028740866

ISBN-13: 9780028740867

Pub. Date: 08/01/1995

Publisher: Free Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780028740867
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
209
Sales rank:
624,687
Product dimensions:
0.52(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Unfaithful Angels: How Social Work Has Abonded its Msission 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am writing a review of this book because I feel that the book has done a disservice to the social work profession. Social work does have its roots in working with low income individuals, but as a social worker, I feels that it is absurd to say that socila workers should not treat all aspects of the population. I feel that social workers should be versed in a wide variety of social problems, including problems dealing with middle and upper class individuals. If we limit ourselves in the social work profession we will not grow and flurrish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From a distance yells for help