‘A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.‘
Also, from Carolyn Saari – my teacher at Loyola University of Chicago, and one of the lead thinkers of social work theory, in her book, ‘The Environment: Its Role in Psychosocial Functioning and Psychotherapy‘:
‘Clinical social work, as a profession, has always believed in the importance of the environment and has regarded theories of the “person-in-situation” or the “person-environment configuration” as necessary in order to understand human needs . . . ‘
The social work model, gives meaning to how I, and the majority of Americans have been feeling and acting. It also validates social experiments such as the North Karelia Project. One of the most flagrant negative environmental factors is the situation created by sprawls. For more, read recent post in Daily Green on ‘Stop Sprawl to Protect the Climate and Save Money’.