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Official Website of Eight-Time Teaching Award Winner and Author

A Defense of the Social Worker

in Times of Transformation

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STEVE's Story

Steve Burghardt, M.S.W., Ph.D. is a professor of social work at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College-CUNY. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and over ten books. He is an eight-time teaching award winner, including the co-winning of the CSWE-Sage national award for innovative teaching. His activism began as a student organizer in the sixties; decades later, he was deeply involved with Occupy Wall Street and more recently as a leader in the Age Justice movement. His work as a consultant, trainer, and executive coach in the public and nonprofit sectors led him to a deep appreciation and respect for the committed work of frontline, as well as executive, staff for their unyielding commitments to those with whom they work—especially the poor, marginalized, and oppressed.


"The End of Social Work is a tough love book and as such can be a difficult, challenging read…Burghardt is well aware of the important contributions of social workers but sometimes one needs to be provocative to 'force a conversation.' For some of us, this book

will provide needed sustenance, affirm much of what we have been thinking, and urge us to continue. Reading this book should not be viewed as something to check off one’s social change list. We need to debate the ideas and analyses that Steve has set forth, and then we need to collectively act in ways that address the conditions he documents."

From the Foreword by Dr. Cheryl Hyde, Associate Professor, Temple University School of Social Work 

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