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Volume :5 Issue : 16 1988      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The importance of continuing education for the Survival of the Social Work profession

Auther : Galal Eldin Al-Ghazzawi

Since we believe in man’s power and his paradoxical behavior incorporating the destruction of his own environment and his fellow man on one hand, and his unlimited ability to create and institutionalize large systems in order to help humanity achieve the purpose of its existence, it becomes incredible to allow only the young to enjoy the privilege of education, whereas adult are forced to rely only on what they had learned in the past. With this old knowledge they dealing with the present and handing future problems. It is ironical and regrettable that our societies tend to neglect the most productive category in the population, those whose ages fall within the range of 30 to 45 years old. Their chances to learn new knowledge or modernize their way of thinking are becoming very limited.

Regarding the situation within the social work profession, it has never been a time in its history with a greater need for continuing education than it is now. The volume of new discoveries in the field of science,and the changes that are taking place in the areas of social welfare policy, services and organization, all these developments make us realize how difficult and frustrating it is to get acquainted with all the innovations that are taking places within the field of social work.

The rapid development which occurred in the fields of social and behavioral sciences over the last three decades has helped in widening the scope of the helping professions. This situation have forced many practitioners to question the validity of relying almost half a century on traditional social work methods.

This study is based on the assumption that both fields of social work and social welfare considerably if they adopt a flexible attitude toward the developments that the idea of continuing education is undergoing at the present time. This is why it is highly difficult to give an exact description of this idea, its changing traits, and characteristics especially when we take in consideration any attempt to acquaint ourselves with the developments that might occur in the fields of science and technology during the next year alone. At any rate, the most important thing that we should always bear in mind is that if the social work profession fails to adopt and defend a policy that guarantees the provision of continuing education programs for its members, it may end up losing its status and identity in society.

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