Deona Hooper of the Social Work Helper website outlines some of the dynamics around US licencing of social workers and the role of social work organizations. She brings focus to the broader values of our profession at the micro/macro level, linking to how the profession is structured currently; noting Jane Addams would probably not be pursuing a social work degree if she was here now. Historical relativism aside, there are pearls of wisdom in this article about our profession, wherever we sit as social workers.
……For the past couple of decades, social work has slowly moved towards and is now currently skewed toward being a clinical degree while social work has marketed itself as a mental health profession. Over time, the profession has done a poor job in recruiting and connecting with individuals who are interested in working with the poor, politics, grassroots organizing, and other social justice issues.
Individuals who once flocked to social work to do community and social justice work are now seeking out other disciplines instead. …
Please see the article here.