By Therese Jennissen, Colleen Lundy
One Hundred Years of Social Work is the 1st accomplished background of social paintings as a career in English Canada. geared up chronologically, it presents a severe and compelling examine the interior struggles and debates within the social paintings occupation over the process a century and investigates the responses of social staff to numerous vital occasions. A imperative subject matter within the booklet is the long-standing fight of the pro organization (the Canadian organization of Social employees) and person social staff to reconcile development prestige with the merchandising social motion.
The publication chronicles the early background of the secularization and professionalization of social paintings and examines social staff roles in the course of either international wars, the melancholy, and within the period of postwar reconstruction. It comprises sections on civil defence, the chilly battle, unionization, social paintings schooling, legislation of the occupation, and different key advancements as much as the tip of the 20th century.
Drawing on wide archival examine in addition to own interviews and secondary literature, the authors offer robust educational proof of a career that has continued many very important adjustments and maintains to suggest for a simply society and a responsive social welfare kingdom.
One Hundred Years of Social Work could be of curiosity to social employees, social paintings scholars and educators, social historians, specialist institutions and someone attracted to realizing the advanced nature of individuals and associations.
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Extra info for One hundred years of social work : a history of the profession in English Canada, 1900-2000
Hopper: I am so sorry you did not notify me of the untimely death of the infant association of Social Workers. It would have been some consolation to have sent some flowers, baby’s breath and for-get-me-nots [sic], would have been so appropriate. ”15 These sentiments were to become an ongoing refrain from social workers in provinces distant from central Canada. The new association was advertised in the Compass (American Association of Social Workers) and the October issue of Social Welfare (Social Service Council of Canada).
This was facilitated by the establishment of schools of social work at the University of Toronto and McGill, and the increase in the number of university-prepared social workers. Most graduates remained in Toronto and Montreal to work in social services agencies such as the Canadian Council on Child and Family Welfare (later the Canadian Welfare Council), private family and child welfare agencies, settlements, and the relatively new Community Chests and Councils. Therefore, it is not surprising that the initial leadership in developing a Canadian association was university-based and the membership concentrated in these two communities.
5 At this time discussions were under way to abolish the department; however, Falk was not included in these deliberations. Falk accepted the job at McGill partly because he had been told that Montreal had excellent social agencies. He found, however, that there was a high turnover of social workers and that few were adequately trained. He also found that the churches in Montreal were not supporting the Protestant charities adequately. In Quebec, there was no state support for social welfare, and the financial burden was placed on private charities and the Church.