Responding to Global Shifts: Meta-Practice as a Relevant Social Work Practice Paradigm

Erlene Grise-Owens, J. Jay Miller, Larry W. Owens

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

13 Scopus citations


In response to increasing global changes, this article proposes that social work education add meta-practice to traditional micro-, mezzo-, and macro-practice curriculum areas. Drawing on pertinent literature, the authors conceptualize meta-practice as a necessary paradigm shift for competent and relevant social work practice. Further, the authors offer an initial articulation of how meta-practice uniquely addresses interdependent global concerns, particularly in the framework of sustainability. The article provides an example of how this integrative practice dimension is implemented in a MSW curriculum and concludes with critical consideration of the Council on Social Work Education Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards competencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-59
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • globalization
  • meta-practice
  • social work curriculum
  • sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Responding to Global Shifts: Meta-Practice as a Relevant Social Work Practice Paradigm'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this