IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(9): 798-803 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.559

Social Work Education: A Vehicle for Innovative Practice

Cynthia L. Garthwait
Abstract—In light of continuous social change and the uniqueness of social problems faced by the clients of professional social workers, practice innovations are constantly needed to better address problems, strategies are needed to deal with emerging and challenging problems, and a commitment to innovate in the midst of ongoing treatment interventions due to changing client situations is necessary. Social work educators, in a unique position of preparing students for professional practice that focuses on knowledge, skills and values, can effectively teach innovation as a necessary facet of practice. Seeing innovation through its intellectual, affective, ethical, and societal and client drivers, social work educators can pose questions to students that can be creatively answered, at least in part, through both academic and field experiences.

Index Terms—Emerging practice, social work education, social work innovation.

Cynthia L. Garthwait is with the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, CO 59812 USA (e-mail: cynthia.garthwait@umontana.edu).

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Cite: Cynthia L. Garthwait, " Social Work Education: A Vehicle for Innovative Practice," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 798-803, 2015.

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