Social Work

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Social work is a profession that helps individuals, families, and groups change behaviors, emotions, attitudes, relationships, and social conditions to restore and enhance their capacity to meet their personal and social needs.

Social workers are trained to provide a variety of services, ranging from psychotherapy to the administration of health and welfare programs. They work with human development and behavior, including the social, economic, and cultural systems in which people function.

Social workers deal with a wide variety of long and short-term mental, emotional, behavioral and environmental conditions, including:

  • mental illnesses and emotional disturbances
  • marital and family difficulties
  • adjustment problems related to acute and chronic illnesses
  • alcohol and substance abuse
  • behavioral and learning disorders of children and adolescents
  • community problems and social issues

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Last Updated: April 9, 2014