This assignment will require students to write a paper that reflects an understanding of social
work and social work practice. It should be a professionally prepared paper adhering to the
APA format. The paper should be typed, double spaced and 8 to 10 pages in length. It should
reflect the integration of reading, lecture or other research materials. This paper is worth 100
points. Due date will be identified in class.
I. Define and describe the profession of social work.
1. Mission, Purpose, Goals
2. Attributes of the Profession
3. Historical Development (Social Movements)
II. Define and discuss generalist social work practice.
1. Elements of Generalist Practice
2. Definition of Generalist Practice
3. Examples from lifestyle Paper
III. Identify and visit a field of social work practice.
1. Date, location and time visited the agency
2. Identify type of field of practice
IV. Interview a social worker (identify as a social worker) in an agency that reflects your
chosen field of practice. Include the following:
1. What social problem or areas of social functioning does the agency
2. Give a description of your field of practice including a brief
history and some of the problems social workers attempt to help
3. Auspices of the agency (Private, Public, Nonprofit)
4. Describe the population served by the agency (specific characteristics
of the population) and services provided.
5. Identify the criteria to receive services
6. Provide contact information and qualifications of the social worker,
then discuss a typical day on the job.
V. What is your opinion about working in the field of social work practice