SocialWelfare Policy Changes and SocialWork Practice

  • Doris McGartland Rubio
  • Julie Birkenmaier
  • Marla Berg-Weger
Keywords: Nonprofit agencies, social work education, social work practice, social welfare policy, welfare reform, social work practicum


Managed care, welfare reform, changes in government-sponsored health insurance, privatization, for-profit commercial activity, and increasing competition for charitable funding are affecting nonprofit social service organizations. This study of 244 nonprofit social service agencies explores the influence of social policy changes on nonprofit organizations. The effects of such changes on social work practice and social work field education within nonprofit organizations are explicated. Guidance for social work field education departments is provided.