Previously, I had been working as a school social worker in the Chicagoland area. These suggestions and strategies are based both on my experiences as a school social worker as well as relevant reading and research.
Since the professionalization of school social work in the Progressive Era direct practice has been shaped by what was considered the ‘best’ or most legitimate forms of scientific evidence. In this article, I will examine how Progressive Era notions of science were rooted in the White supremacist eugenics movement. Additionally, I will explore how eugenics ideology impacted casework, the standard method of practice during the early 20th century.
I have been both a team member and leader who was not clear on my role and responsibilities. Through our research and practice, we have found at least two strategies that can help clarify expectations and communication processes teams need to accomplish tasks. These strategies include: defining team roles and improving communication.