Social work practice and education in the US and Canada

Richard L. Edwards, Wes Shera, P. Nelson Reid, Reginald York

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This paper discusses shared origins and differences in the social work professions and education programs in the United States and Canada. Consideration is given to how the social work professions in the two countries attempt to resolve the possible inherent conflict between an emphasis on dealing with problems of individuals, with intervention approaches such as casework and therapy, and an emphasis on addressing the problems of society, with social reform intervention approaches. The paper also discusses social work employment in the U.S. and Canada and the structure of social work education in both countries, including consideration of how the profession is legally regulated in each country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-38
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • Legal Regulation
  • Social Work
  • Social Work Intervention Strategies
  • U.S. and Canada


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