The National Association of Social Workers cites:
Social work practice as consisting of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social or health services; and participating in legislative processes. l The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors.
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