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The social worker of today is being placed in situations which call for him to devise new tools and strategies of intervention which are relevant to present day problems. It is recognized that many of our current social problems are inherent in some of our institutions and that only by changing these institutions can real results be achieved. Problems arise due to the fact that these institutions often stringently resist change and conventional methods employed by professional practitioners have often only been able to solve or ease individual difficulties or maladustments. There have been a growing number of social workers who have spoken out against these established inequities. They have worked at organizing the poor to bring about structural changes and have not shunned confrontation in the name of professionalism. There has been an increasing tendency for workers to shift their emphasis and energy toward these institutional problems and away from individual problems.
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