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The origin of social casework as a medium of systematized help to individuals in social and personal distress can be found in the creation of the London Charity Organization in 1869. Formal training for the practice of casework had its origin at the dawn of the 20th century in the incipient school of sociology which later became the prestigous London School of Economics. Although much was taught and practiced that is alien to current methodology, the basic idealogical framework of modern casework can be traced to these two British bodies. The emphasis upon training was established and implemented during the expansion of the Society in Great Britain and eventually to the United States. The development of structured social casework training occurred on American soil. Professional training at the graduate level, based in a university setting, has become the accepted model As training proceeded toward refined
Cohen RS. Social Casework.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(6):575-576. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730060093014