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Social Work and Social Development: Theories and Skills for Developmental Social Work

James Midgley and Amy Conley


Developmental social work, which is also known as the social development approach to social work, emphasizes the role of social investment in professional practice. These investments meet the material needs of social work’s clients and facilitate their full integration into the social and economic life of the community. Developmental social workers believe that client strengths and capabilities need to be augmented with public resources and services if those served by the profession are to live productive and fulfilling lives. Although developmental social work is inspired by international inn ... More

Keywords: social work, development, social investment, social development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199732326
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Midgley, editor
School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley

Amy Conley, editor
San Francisco State University

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