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ERIC Number: EJ1107176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Recasting Licensing in Social Work: Something More for Professionalism
Grise-Owens, Erlene; Owens, Larry W.; Miller, Justin Jay
Journal of Social Work Education, v52 suppl 1 pS126-S133 2016
Abraham Flexner contended that "something more than a degree or claim" is needed to make a profession. He further asserted that the definitions of a profession require recasting over time. This article critically considers recasting licensing as something more for social work. Analysis of past and present discourse on licensing in social work revealed three overarching themes: (a) advocacy and rationale for licensing, (b) scrutiny and critique of licensing, and (c) the disconnect and dissonance between professional licensing and social work education. Moving forward, we suggest recasting social work's professional paradigm in the common framework of competency, with licensing part of the continuum of professionalization. This recasting can promote critical congruence between social work education and ongoing professional competency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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