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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.
|Ch. 1||Social Work and Psychotherapy in the American Community||1|
|Ch. 2||Psychotherapy: Magic, Religion, or Science?||30|
|Ch. 3||The Emergence of Social Work as a Profession||60|
|Ch. 4||Social Work, the Siren Call of Psychiatry, and the Growth of the Welfare State||86|
|Ch. 5||The Movement of Social Work into Private Practice (and Away from the Poor)||106|
|Ch. 6||Social Work in the Twenty-first Century: Replacing Psychotherapy with Community Education||130|
|Ch. 7||A Proposal for a Community-Based System of Social Care||152|
Posted June 2, 2003
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.
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