Take a 3-Minute Vacation through 60 Years of Social Work History

"Social work" is not only a profession, it's a college major, a license, an established part of any human services organization. We should not forget its history as a daring, progressive, unconventional movement . . . one that changed our collective thinking so deeply that we don't even realize its contribution.

We love that the Social Welfare History Project is capturing the voices and stories of the innovative and caring social worker movement. Take a few minutes to read Catherine Pappel's story -- "More than 60 Years with Social Group Work: A Personal & Professional History" -- featuring the debates and controversies that have swirled through the field over the years, and think about how our debates and controversies will be seen 50 years from now!

Comments (2)

  • Thanks so much for providing so much interesting and valuable material on so many relevant topics over the years. Your piece on the social work history reminded me of a book I just received called Demanding Child Care (by Natalie Fousekis) which traces women's activism in California from the 1940's through 1971 to keep the Lanham Act child care centers that opened to support WWII work open. We constantly need to be reminded of our roots! Abby Cohen (former managing attorney of the Child Care Law Center and long time board member of BANANAS, Northern Alameda County's child care resource and referral agency)

    Sep 22, 2011
  • Anonymous

    A licensed social worker is someone who actively works for improving other people's lives in one way or the other. They are in the pursuit of social welfare and change, and work towards bringing justice to people. Read more about on http://www.lcswsupervisors.com/

    Oct 05, 2013

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