Professionalization of social work in the United States
UDCΒ 378.2Β BBKΒ 74.58
The article describes the process of professionalization of social work in the United States in historical aspect. The subject of the analysis is the problem of the formation of the professional status and the definition of social work. Various criteria and features describing the level of development of social work as a profession are discussed. The author shows that the leading component of professionalization of social work is the system of knowledge, professional authority of the specialists; approval of the society; Code of ethics and professional culture. It is revealed that the leading factor of the professionalization of social work in the United States is the activity of professionals united in professional associations.
Keywords: social work, profession, professionalization.