Reflections on a Career in Social Work

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2007

Project Description/Abstract

This study of retiring social workers’ reflections uses qualitative research methods to conduct a career review analysis that is based on the model of the life review technique often used with older adults by social workers and healthcare professionals. The study aims to better understand the subjects’ thoughts about the social work profession and their suggestions for improving social work practice and education. A specific goal of the study includes learning of the sources of satisfaction and the challenges offered by such a career. Participation in the study will offer subjects an opportunity to continue their contributions to the profession by sharing their insights and reflections. The findings will be significant in that they can be used to strengthen the preparation of undergraduate and graduate social work students. The findings will also be helpful to social work administrators who aim to retain their staff social workers and others who engage in community practice.

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