Unfaithful Angels: How Social Work Has Abandoned its Mission

Paperback | August 1, 1995

byHarry Specht, Mark E. Courtney

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In this provocative examination of the fall of the profession of social work from its original mission to aid and serve the underprivileged, Harry Specht and Mark Courtney show how America's excessive trust in individualistic solutions to social problems have led to the abandonment of the poor in this country.

A large proportion of all certified social workers today have left the social services to enter private practice, thereby turning to the middle class -- those who can afford psychotherapy -- and away from the poor. As Specht and Courtney persuasively demonstrate, if social work continues to drift in this direction there is good reason to expect that the profession will be entirely engulfed by psychotherapy within the next twenty years, leaving a huge gap in the provision of social services traditionally filled by social workers. The authors examine the waste of public funds this trend occasions, as social workers educated with public money abandon community service in increasing numbers.

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In this provocative examination of the fall of the profession of social work from its original mission to aid and serve the underprivileged, Harry Specht and Mark Courtney show how America's excessive trust in individualistic solutions to social problems have led to the abandonment of the poor in this country.A large proportion of all ...

Harry Specht was Dean and Professor of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley and published numerous books and articles on social welfare policy and social work practice. He was the recipient of the 1993 National Association of Social Workers' Presidential Award for Excellence in Social Work Education....
Format:PaperbackDimensions:209 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.7 inPublished:August 1, 1995Publisher:Free Press

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ISBN - 10:0028740866

ISBN - 13:9780028740867

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Lawrence Shulman"Professor, School of Social Work, Boston UniversitySpecht and Courtney have issued a provocative and controversial challenge to the social work profession. They have confronted our professional associations, social work education, and in the last analysis, every social work practitioner to stop and reflect on the fundamental changes taking place in our mission. The issues they raise must be addressed. Let the debate begin.