Existential Social Work

  • Donald F. Krill University of Denver
Keywords: Existential social work, theories of social work practice, social treatment, clinical social work


The existential impact upon social work began in the 1960’s with the emphasis upon freedom, responsibility and a sense of the absurd. It affirmed human potential while faulting the deterministic thinking that was popular with psychological theorists at that time. It was open to the prospects of spirituality, but was less than optimistic concerning great progress among social institutions. It was a forerunner to the strengths-based social work programs of our present day.

Author Biography

Donald F. Krill, University of Denver
Ph.D., Professor Emeritus