Author ORCID Identifier 0000-0001-8065-0430

Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)


Meta-practice in this concept is the web or roadmap, that is, the interconnectedness of the three pillars of the generalist model of social work. The generalist model teaches that micro, mezzo, and macro are interconnected. However, students and new professionals often do not understand precisely what the connection is. This work gathers the available literature, the conceptual idea of the introduction for the bachelor level of education, and an application of introducing it in a course for instruction. There is a need for introducing meta-practice at the bachelor’s level because of the continued globalization of society. By teaching the concept of meta-practice early, the newest professional will have another tool to provide expanding advocacy for the populations they represent.

Product one is the literature review within the inclusion criteria for peer-reviewed literature. There were only 15 articles available within the inclusion criteria, and there were no qualitative or quantitive studies found. This represents a gap in the literature that needs to be bridged. Only two articles addressed delivering this subject in a classroom setting, and those were at the graduate level.

Product two is the conceptualization of the introduction at the bachelor level. Currently, the education system is keeping our newest professionals masked from the ability to positively affect change in our existing systems, communities, and clients. By implementing meta practice, the student will fully understand the ‘roadmap’ or ‘web’ that keeps the generalist practice pillars of micro, mezzo, and macro as a unit connected.

Product three provides a template for bridging the gap to develop a deeper understanding of how the intricate connection exists between the three pillars and how to navigate the interconnectivity when working with distinct populations.

The application, intervention, and i development of the concept at the bachelor’s level are the concern of this work. The intervention describes a course with significant assignments teaching the students to extract information on how to use it throughout their careers. The combination of the products demonstrates the reason for the introduction, the conceptual perception of meta-practice, and a plan to further the knowledge of the newest practitioners in the field of social work. This work also discusses the parallel between integrative and expansive practice in terms of meta-practice. This introduction demonstrates how the newest professional may use this concept to offer a more robust role in multidisciplinary settings.

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