The main contribution of these ideas to social work is the priority they give to the social and educational, rather than the psychological, as a focus for intervention. Their practice emphasizes engaging people with similar interests in a particular locality or a particular social issue, or individuals with particular social needs, so that they will come together, identify shared concerns and work jointly to overcome them. This chapter brings together these traditions. The focus of these ideas on social and educational development means that they form a bridge between problem-solving and empowerment objectives in social work.
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