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Political Social Work: An Essential Component of the Profession

Laurie Friedman, Mansura Karim, Kathryn Feile,r Sarah Padner, and Karin Eyrich-Garg
JHHSA, Vol. 43 No. 4, 359-381 (2021)

Social workers have played a key role in political settings from the profession’s historic roots to present day. Their knowledge, skills and values position social workers to practice in political settings. Social work faculty and students were interviewed to assess a) how field placements in legislative offices and participation in Campaign School and NASW-sponsored Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) impacted students’ professional development and perspectives on political social work, and b) social work faculties’ perception of these activities in students’ social work education and necessary political social work knowledge and skills. Initial results demonstrate a high level of support for these activities among faculty and students with opportunities to further include them in the explicit and implicit social work curriculum.

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