Scott Briar


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(1926–1998) Scott Briar, practitioner, researcher, scholar, and leader, has been hailed by some as one of the shapers of modern casework. A champion for empirically based practice, Briar posited that the “crucial questions to be asked of an intervention method are not ‘Does it sound good?’ or ‘Is it fascinating?’ but ‘Does it work?’ and ‘Is it more effective than other methods?’ (“The Current Crisis in Social Casework,” Social Work Practice, 1967). In his book, Problems and Issues in Social Casework, Briar and co-author Henry Miller laid out the pitfalls of practice methods that derive from insufficient evidence.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.