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Continuing professional development in social work$
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Carmel Halton, Fred Powell, and Margaret Scanlon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307372

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307372.001.0001

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Conclusion: challenges and futurescapes

Conclusion: challenges and futurescapes

(p.185) Eight Conclusion: challenges and futurescapes
Continuing professional development in social work

Carmel Halton

Fred Powell

Margaret Scanlon

Policy Press

In this concluding chapter the authors explore some of the meta-themes that the CPD curricula needs to address if social work as a professional activity is to retain its relevance in the uncertain landscape of postmodernity, including its dual mandate; its role in civil society; its humanist legacy; and the challenges that will shape the future within a multicultural society – that is characterised by deep social tensions and divisions. We employ Bertolt Brecht’s poem A bed for the night to set the context of the times we live in, where poverty and inequality are on the rise. The chapter discusses the implications for the social work profession and its historic mission to the poor and vulnerable. The authors conclude that social work in the twenty-first century faces profound challenges. CPD provides an opportunity to discuss and reflect on these challenges that will shape social work in new times.

Keywords:   Altruism, Humanism, CPD, Social work education, Historic mission

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