2010 Social Work Congress
The profession has key strengths that can help it grow. It has a clear, positive purpose. Social workers have unique knowledge, values and skills and an ability to mobilize resources to promote social justice causes. They hold leadership and advocacy roles in many sectors and institutions. There are also good, rewarding careers and many diverse career paths in the profession. And we live in a social and economic environment in which social work services are more relevant than ever. However, many social workers say that a lack of professional recognition, stagnant wages, and high student debt are barriers to working in the field.
The purpose of the 2010 Social Work Congress was to examine the internal challenges facing the social work profession, with a special focus on transferring leadership from established leaders to emerging leaders.