Working Definition: Context, Essence
(What it is), Function (What it does)
Function
The practice of social work employs two kinds of dialogical
process-guided social well-being/distributive justice
activities/interventions.
One is directly with individuals and families in their contextual
environments. Psychotherapy, psychosocial counseling, group
work, and social support methods of social caring principally
aid this kind of practice.
The other is indirectly with contextually relevant environment
systems, including societal validators, institutional structures
and social support resources, and their distributive justice/social
well-being impact on individual and communal social well-
being. Community development, social policy and social justice
methods of social change principally aid this kind of practice.