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Maslow Hierarchy of Needs

Physiological survival

Safety Needs

help those whose needs were not met by primary resources.
Time limited- once prob is solved safety is gone

Social Utilites

views human services as society's frontline in addressing human needs

Social Welfare

society's organized efforts to meet some human needs

Puritan philosophy that shaped early social programs

those with a moral defect required assistance.

Definition of Social Work

professional activity of helping individuals, groups or communities enhance capacity for social functioning. Creates societal conditions favorable for that goal

Person in Environment Focus

help people enhance social functioning simultaneously work to chance conditions that hinder improvement

Generalist social work practice

helps social workers focus on interaction between person and environment and the situation is viewed as determining which approach to take.

-broad knowledge and skills are needed
-helps meet needs of client

Professional Autonomy

professionals are free of constraints that might limit ability to select what they consider best way to assist client.

Professional Authority

given to people with necessary knowledge and skills to provide needed services

Professional Responsibility

professions must be accountable to the public

Elements characteristic of all professions

1. professional autonomy
2. professional authority
3. professional responsibility

Minimal Requirements to be: Professional SW

BSW from SW program accredited by Council of Social Work Education

Minimal Requirements to be: Specialized SW


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