Generalist Social Work: A Unified Approach to Practice

The foundation of generalist social work practice is built on a wide range of knowledge, professional values, and a set of diversified practice skills designed to enable practitioners to target any system (individual, group, organization, and community) for change (Kirst-Ashman & Hull, 2009). Despite the unified foundation of social work practice, micro and macro skills are often perceived as separate rather than a set of skills that are inherently intertwined (Austin, Coombs, & Barr, 2005). The significance of micro and macro practice dates back to the Progressive Era, when Jane Addams and Mary Richmond took two very different approaches to addressing poverty. …

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