For this discussion, rely on your readings as an intellectual foundation for your response, and avoid giving your opinions based on any personal observations or experiences. Use personal or professional experiences only to illustrate your points.
Describe and contrast the role of social workers in U.S. society, both ideally (what is intended) and pragmatically (what actually occurs).
Explain how social workers are envisioned as a professional group by those both inside and outside of the profession, and why.
Compare the ideals of social work with its realities, given that policies, training, and agency practices vary.
Support your statements with references from readings and the NASW.
Offer personal or professional experiences that illustrate these inconsistencies.