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How can we explain social care professional self-identity?

We can explain social care professional self-identity by looking at the writing of Professor Janet Holter: "Social work professional identity is defined as the internalization of knowledge, skills, professional norms, behaviors, values, and the mission of social work ... with a focus on social justice." Holter argues that those who identify as social care workers should be equally committed to justice when they're on the job and when they're not technically working.

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We can start to explain "social care professional self-identity" by examining the phrase itself. We know we are talking about people who identify as social care professionals. What we have to try to figure out is what it tells us about a person whose job is social work.

Professor Janet Holter has written a dissertation that centers on this topic, so she’d be an apt resource to consult. Holter writes,

Social work professional identity is defined as the internalization of knowledge, skills, professional norms, behaviors, values and the mission of social work, and the development of a commitment to work at micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice with a focus on social justice.

After reading this, we’re struck by the word “internalization.” When...

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