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Titre du document / Document title

A SWOT analysis of social work education in Canada = Une analyse du travail social au Canada

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

WESTHUES Anne (1) ; LAFRANCE Jean (2) ; SCHMIDT Glen (3) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
(2) Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
(3) Social Work Program, University of Northern British Columbia, CANADA

Résumé / Abstract

This paper draws upon the research carried out for a study of human resource needs of social workers in Canada to make a SWOT analysis of social work education and the profession. Strengths that were identified included a holistic practice orientation; the linkage between theory and practice, regulation and certification; a generalist approach to practice; increased cultural relevance of social work education; high quality social work programs; a continued demand for social workers; and the values of the profession. Weaknesses included a lack of professional identification, or identity crisis; an inability to promote the profession; the diffuse knowledge base of the profession; conflict between the values of social action and social control; a lack of preparation to manage the stress of our work; insufficient aboriginal, visible minority and multicultural members of the profession; and for aboriginal people, that social work can be seen as a residual effect of colonization. Threats to the profession included a trend to neoliberalism; increasing identification of social workers with the bureaucracy; increasing managerialization; increased community responsibility for service delivery; and interdisciplinarity. Opportunities identified included design of cost effective programs which meet service user needs; exercise of responsibility for social advocacy; development of managerial competence in social workers; extension of job opportunities through privatization; and articulation of social work competencies.

Revue / Journal Title

Social work education    ISSN  0261-5479 

Source / Source

2001, vol. 20, no 1 (144 p.)  (21 ref.), pp. 35-56

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Taylor & Francis, London, ROYAUME-UNI  (1981) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Canada

;

Social Work

;

Historical

;

Social Policy

;

Teaching

;

Certification

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Canada

;

Travail social

;

Historique

;

Politique sociale

;

Enseignement

;

Certification

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 25747, 35400009465080.0030

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 1155341



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