SocialWelfare Policy Changes and SocialWork Practice

Doris McGartland Rubio, Julie Birkenmaier, Marla Berg-Weger

Abstract


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.

Keywords


Nonprofit agencies, social work education, social work practice, social welfare policy, welfare reform, social work practicum

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