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One of the founders of network analysis was Elizabeth Bott who was/is
essentially a social worker.

I presented several papers to the SunBelt Social Network Conference on
social work and human services:

 Wolfe, Alvin W. 1981a. The Uses of Network Models in Health and Human
Services. Paper presented at the Sun Belt Social Network Conference,
Tampa, Florida, February 20, 1981. 

Wolfe, Alvin W. 1982a. Improving communication between network theorists
and practitioners. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Sun Belt
Conference. Tampa, February 1982. 

See also Wolfe, Alvin W. 1981b. Discussion (of Stress, Social Support
and Schizophrenia). Schizophrenia Bulletin 7(1):173-177. 

I will be happy to try to find a copy of these papers if anybody is
interested.   One reason that advances in this area slowed, is that,
upon Ronald Reagan's taking over the U.S. Presidency, federal funding of
any research labeled "social" or "community" was highly suspect.  It not
only slowed, it stopped.  "Community psychology" used to use network
models, as in "community network development" to help recovering mental
health and substance abuse clients. There is lots of literature from
those good old days!
 --Alvin

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Hi All

I was wondering does SNA skills would anyway be relevant for the vast
human service workforce who work as caseworkers, lobbyist,
grant-writers, administrators in different human service organizations.
A Master degree training in social work usually require practioners to
learn basic research methods and statistics so that they can evaluate
their own practice, does SNA have any such application for Micro
(caseworkers, counsellors, family
therapists) and Macro (community organizers, administrators, lobbyist)
level human service workers? Are there any human service master program
(Social Work, Public Health, Public Administration) that offer SNA
training to their practitioners? Any information or studies or
clarification on this line would be appreciated.

thanks

Dhrubodhi

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Dhrubodhi Mukherjee. MSW Phd Candidate
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618 453 5356
Fax: 618 453 4291

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