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Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice$
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Anita Lightburn and Phebe Sessions

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159226.001.0001

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In the Care of Strangers

In the Care of Strangers

(p.39) 3 In the Care of Strangers
Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice

Ann Weick

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the meanings of care, the increasing development of non-family-based systems of care, the nature of social care, and communities of care. It argues that as community-focused initiatives continue, it will be necessary to draw from social work's traditions and understandings a clearer evaluation of the profession's own assets and potential for growth. At what may be optimistically called the eve of a paradigm shift from systems of treatment to communities of care, it will be important to recognize the factors in current social work practice that limit creativity and stunt the capacity for thinking outside the box. Central to this is a searching assessment of beliefs about social work expertise. To the extent that the profession searches for and aligns itself with approaches that appear to make social workers experts on the lives and troubles of others, it will maintain its preoccupation with professional status and role-narrowing self-definitions.

Keywords:   social care, community of care, non-family-based care, social work practice

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