The Evolution of Occupational Social Work

Googins, Bradley; Godfrey, Joline
September 1985
Social Work;Sep/Oct85, Vol. 30 Issue 5, p396
Academic Journal
The article focuses on evolution in the occupational social work in the U.S. as of September 1985. Social service is still relatively unknown in the workplace. On the one hand, traditional, sometimes negative stereotypes of social work and social workers still exist. On the other hand, the first decade of occupational social work has sewed to inform and demonstrate the knowledge and skills of the profession. These programs and the work of individual social workers in unions, corporations, and other work organizations have initiated the crucial task of illuminating what social work is and how it can be useful in work organizations. The particular social problem-solving skills are very much in demand, but first they must be tried and tested in practice. This has already begun to happen in areas as diverse as corporate social responsibility programs, training departments, corporate foundations, and human resource management departments. The profession itself must, now purposely and deliberately organize what has begun on an individual, almost serendipitous basis. The multiple problems that face workers and work organizations often respond to the knowledge and skills of social workers and lie within the interests of social problem solvers.


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