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Social Work in the 21st Century
In the coming issues and volumes, Families in
Society will continue to focus on significant developments in social
Family Demographics and
The significant diversity of families and family structure, along with
insight into what constitutes kin and community, will require social
workers to re-conceptualize family treatment plans.
Advocacy, Social Justice, and
Community Work. A growing emphasis on social
work’s therapeutic value should not override the field’s origins in
working with, and on behalf of, vulnerable populations.
Research and Advancements in
Biology and Genetics. Social workers must be
cognizant of the multidimensional role “nature” plays and be familiar
with new knowledge and the scientific/medical interventions that will
become routine in traditional assessment and service plans.
Alternative and Complimentary
Methods/Interventions. Numerous influences on
practice may become routine: spirituality, yoga, meditation, energy
medicine, holistic healing, and similar activities, along with findings
from the sciences and a greater focus on ecological practice.
Globalization; Economic and
Environmental Sustainability. Significant
changes are taking place due to a rapidly interconnected and
interdependent world. Increasingly, environmental and economic
priorities must be paired at a personal level with individual and
community welfare and well-being.
Immigration and Transnationalism.
With sizable migrations of families from one
culture to a new one, private lives, daily needs, and legal and
financial issues all have implications across borders.
Technology and Service
Delivery. Technology and the Internet
can contribute to more responsive consumer care, but should be
conditional to prevailing ethical and legal issues such as client
rights, privacy, confidentiality, and accountability.
Social Work’s Identity Crisis and
De-professionalization. As a profession,
social work will face more challenges to its perceived efficacy and
relevance; our vision of what the art of practice and practice wisdom
mean must be clarified and employed for effective and humane practice.