The movement to professionalize social work practice has had few enemies. It has resulted in limited benefits to practitioners, primarily in the areas of status and remuneration. It now appears that this limited progress has carried a high price. Because of social workers' claims of professionalism, they find themselves vulnerable to tests of accountability which are probably unreasonable, given the context of the field's everchanging practice arena.
Weinbach, Robert W.
"Accountability Crises: Consequences of Professionalization,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 4
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol4/iss7/4