Tension between clinical and social justice social work


  • Stephanie Reynolds Sydney University


emancipatory practice, Social justice, Care


This essay explores the tensions between social work as a clinical and evidence-based profession or a political and emancipatory practice. It utilises personal reflection and a review of relevant literature to explore how our social work identities can be built through individual professionalism and power, or through a collective, emancipatory lens. It argues that we must see difference as strength and embed social justice into our practice at all levels.



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