Provides readers with an array of lenses for looking at a social agency from the outside in, and from the inside out

This highly accessible text takes into account the organizational dynamics that readers are likely to have experienced and provides them with the conceptual tools for reassessing their understanding and considering how to act on their new insights. Renowned scholar Armand Lauffer shows readers how to apply organizational theories to challenges they confront at work, and to uncover other challenges they may not yet be aware of.

Addendum to Chapter 6: Becoming a Social Work Professional

Addendum to chapter 6: Becoming a social work professional

Getting the Right Degree53

As in other professions, becoming a social work professional includes an extensive period of formal education at the university level. Both undergraduate- and master's-level education include course work and an apprenticeship. The degree is often followed by additional credentialing, and may be complemented by affiliation with a professional association.

In the United States and Canada, the basic social work degree is generally called the BSW (Bachelor's of Social Work).54 Some students continue on to earn an MSW (Master's in Social Work). For some, the MSW is their first social work degree; it can be completed in less than 2 years or 4 semesters of full-time study. ...

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