Social Services

Introduction to Social Services

Jane McPherson, LCSW, provides a brief introduction to the Social Services section of


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"Torture occurs within a cultural and social context. It breaks the connections between individuals and their social environment. It separates the bonds of communities. Social work interventions, therefore, are directed at individuals, their families and immediate environments, community, social, and functional groups, and policies and systems. These are accomplished through direct service, resource development, community interventions, education and training, research, and public policy work."

From Healing the Hurt, Chapter 4

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