Workforce perceptions of social work professionalism: What role for social justice?


This research will provide insight into the assessment of the social work profession within human service organizations and the utility of a professional code of ethics for employers. Those who employ social workers will benefit through participating in discussions that will enhance and expand their understanding of the profession while at the same time contributing to a more clearly delineated understanding of expectations regarding professional social work. This project will enhance congruence between employers’ expectations and workers values leading to role clarity and improved job performance for social workers working in human services and will contribute to job satisfaction and improved worker retention for those who employ social workers.


Currently recruiting participants: Yes

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Eligible ages: 25 to 75

Accepts healthy participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria:

Potential participants will meet at least one of the following criteria:
a) live in Alberta
b) have supervisory responsibility for registered social worker(s) (BSW or MSW), and/or
c) manager, human resource personnel or program director, overseeing programs that employ registered social workers.

Exclusion criteria:

Those who supervise or manage social workers who are not required to be registered with their professional regulatory bodies


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Contact information

Contact Dr. Anne Marie McLaughlin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

Principal investigator:

Anne-Marie McLaughlin

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