The profession of Social Work is dynamic. “Social workers practice in rapidly changing and complex environments where they encounter challenges that include increasing evidence-based practice requirements, a shifting information landscape, and diminishing workplace resources” (Nissen, Pendell, Jivanjee, & Goodluck, 2014). Lifelong learning has long been recognized in the field; indeed, it is incorporated into our professional responsibilities. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics states, “social workers should critically examine and keep current with emerging knowledge relevant to social work” (2017, Section 4.01). Social workers are also held accountable by state licensure to participate in ongoing professional development. Lifelong learning in social work is deliberate and intentional with benefits on professional and personal levels. This article explores social workers’ inherent value of fortifying relationships which drives a need to continually learn, beyond the obligation, about the changing contexts in which we practice.
Mueller, Carla and King, M. Denise
"Beyond Obligation: Social Workers as Lifelong Learners,"
Journal of Educational Leadership in Action: Vol. 5:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/ela/vol5/iss2/7
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