social work


Definition of social work

: any of various professional activities or methods concretely concerned with providing social services and especially with the investigation, treatment, and material aid of the economically, physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged

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Other Words from social work

social worker noun

Examples of social work in a Sentence

She is doing social work. He has a job in social work.
Recent Examples on the Web After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Janie Ocejo put her social work education and bilingual, bicultural background to work by supporting Madison’s Hispanic folks through positions at various community organizations. Sonya Chechik And Kirien Sprecher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 When 51 cases arrived at his aunt's home, his mom panicked: Jennifer Bryant is a social work graduate student at NYU and has two other boys, the Washington Post reported. Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 After conducting an assessment of the situation, Health and Human Services Department social work staff will be contacted if necessary to join the first-responder team on-site and assist with the response. Brian L. Cox,, 11 May 2021 The Kerala Association of Connecticut, which Srinivasan leads, hopes to raise $5,000 in the coming weeks for social work organizations in India, where about 3,400 people are dying each day from COVID-19. Rebecca Lurye,, 4 May 2021 Companies have had to review their practices to accommodate a hybrid-approach which allows employees to spend some time in the office to create social work experiences. Natasha Winkler-titus, Quartz, 1 May 2021 Not only should individual officers lose their jobs for killing people, Tillery argued, but police jurisdictions should be defunded and have money should be invested in community support systems such as education, social work services, and more. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 28 Apr. 2021 Sudders went on to focus in social service and graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in social work., 10 Apr. 2021 The Senate Healthcare Access and Availability committee heard testimony Tuesday from several witnesses related to the crisis, including representatives from health care, judicial and social work fields. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of social work

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social work was in 1847

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7 Jun 2021

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“Social work.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of social work

: the work done by someone who works for a government or private organization that helps people who have financial or family problems

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Medical Definition of social work

: any of various professional services, activities, or methods concretely concerned with the investigation, treatment, and material aid of the economically, physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged

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