Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to one or more of the following ends:
- Helping people obtain tangible services;
- Counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups;
- Helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services;
- And participating in legislative processes.
The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors.