Professional Identities in Social Work, an Intergenerational Analysis

PhD student: Steven Brandt
Summary: Numerous critiques toward the new generation of social workers claim that the structural dimension of social work is deteriorating. Many have argued that social workers of today minimize the relationship between structural and individual problems. In this view social workers are becoming social technicians: focusing mainly on the technical and psychological part of their profession. However, other authors point out to positive and reviving characteristics of new generations. Therefore this study questions the relation between generations and the social work profession more thoroughly: (1) What are different positions social workers take in defining what a good social work should be? (2) What is the relation between those different positions and generations? (3) Knowing this, what are the implications for practice? (4) What are the implications for policy in social work?
PhD in Social Work
Promoter(s): Rudi Roose, Griet Verschelden (Department of Social Work, University College Ghent)
Starting date: October 2013