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Generalist Social Work Practices

Generalist Social Work practitioners possess a broad range of knowledge, critical thinking, and culturally sensitive practice skills based on ecosystems theory and the strengths perspective. They assume a variety of social work roles from one field of practice to another. They are committed to professional values and ethical practice standards based on principles of human rights and social justice, particularly concerning populations at risk. Generalist social work practice consists of assisting individuals, families, groups, and larger systems to work on change which promotes the best possible relationship between people and their environment. Generalist social workers intervene with organizations to enhance the responsiveness of resource systems, advocate for social policies to ensure the equitable distribution of resources, research aspects of social work practice, and integrate direct practice with social policy.

 

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