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Social Work and Social Development

Edited by James Midgley and Amy Conley

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732326
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863471 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732326.001.0001
Social Work and Social Development

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Developmental social work, which is also known as the social development approach to social work, emphasizes the role of social investment in professional practice. These investments meet the material needs of social work’s clients and facilitate their full integration into the social and economic life of the community. Developmental social workers believe that client strengths and capabilities need to be augmented with public resources and services if those served by the profession are to live productive and fulfilling lives. Although developmental social work is inspired by international innovations, particularly in the developing countries, the book shows that it also has relevance to the United States and other Western nations. It also contends that developmental social work practice is not confined to community organization or other macro-practice interventions, and that developmental ideas can be implemented in mainstream fields of social work practice such as child welfare, mental health, aging, social assistance and correctional social work. The editors and contributors to this book (most of whom are associated with the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley) offer a highly original exposition of developmental social work theory and practice. They draw widely on innovative examples from the United States and other countries to show how developmental ideas can be implemented in everyday social work practice.

Keywords: social work; development; social investment; social development

Book.  240 pages.  Illustrated.

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The Theory and Practice of Developmental Social Work in Social Work and Social Development

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Productive Aging and Social Development in Social Work and Social Development

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Social Investment and Mental Health in Social Work and Social Development

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Poverty, Social Assistance, and Social Investment in Social Work and Social Development

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Community Practice and Developmental Social Work in Social Work and Social Development

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