Journal Article

Taking Social Work Seriously: The Contribution of the Functional School

NOEL TIMMS

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 27, issue 5, pages 723-737
Published in print October 1997 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 1997 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011262
Taking Social Work Seriously: The Contribution of the Functional School

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This article explores a largely ignored account of the practice called social work, that was developed by what is known in the USA as the Functional School of Social Work. Their views were hewn out of a fierce controversy within social work. This article argues that a reconsideration of the Functional School is due: it presented an explicit psychology, though not sociology, of helping and centred the nub of practice in the social welfare agency, served by disciplined professionals. Reflection on the theorizing and practice of the Functionalists illuminates present concerns over the knowledge and the value base of social work and leads to a reconsideration of the place of coherence in each.

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Subjects: Social Work

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