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The paper introduces readers to the nature and variety of American-based international practice at seven levels of analysis. The paper provides a historical backdrop for contemporary practice and suggests options available to American social workers in integrating the international dimensions of social work in their day-to-day practice both at home and when working in other countries. A generous bibliography is included in the papers as are references to libraries of widely available electronic resources.


Working Paper of the Global Commission of the U.S. Council on Social Work Education.



Date Posted: 13 February 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.