Developing a Personal and Professional Philosophy to Guide Thought and Practice

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Social work as a discipline focuses on theoretical and philosophical positions such as social justice, equality, and empowerment. Whereas these can be described as “philosophies of social work”, we should ask ourselves, “What is our philosophy of social work?” This paper provides a personal interpretation of a personal philosophy of social work, how it was constructed, and why social workers should engage in this exercise. The final goal of this paper is to provide a thoughtful discussion that encourages other social workers to investigate their own philosophy of social work and define what a “philosophy of social work” means to them.

Publication Date:

Spring 2007, Vol. 4, No. 1


Paul Force-Emery Mackie, MSW, Ph.D.

Paul Force-Emery Mackie, MSW, Ph.D., is on the faculty of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Social Work, Mankato, Minnesota.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek to develop a personal and professional philosophy. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Develop a personal and professional philosophy to guide one’s practice.

  2. Apply Rawls’s theory of justice.

  3. Define empowerment according to Askheim.

  4. Apply the concept of parrhesia.

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Course Number: 101116
Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: No Longer Available
Format: Online Article
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