About Department of Social Work

About the Department of Social Work

Welcome to the official web site of our social work department. The department was established in 2011 under the School of Health. Education will begin in 2013-2014 academic year. The department has adopted 82 students in primary and secondary education program. Graduate education is planned to start in 2014.

General Definition of Social Work Profession

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work (IASSW, 2001; IFSW, 2001).

General Definition of Social Worker

Social worker is the member of social work profession who performs interventions with the help of methods and techniques peculiar to social work by utilizing theories of human behavior and social systems towards enhancing problem solving and coping capacities of the individual, family and society and generating, remedying, protecting and developing the pscho-social functionality; while providing planning and application for the aim of meeting people’s needs via social policy and programs.

Mission of Social Work*

Social work in its various forms addresses the multiple, complex transactions between people and their environments. Its mission is to enable all people to develop their full potential, enrich their lives, and prevent dysfunction. Professional social work is focused on problem solving and change. As such, social workers are change agents in society and in the lives of the individuals, families and communities they serve. Social work is an interrelated system of values, theory and practice.


Social work grew out of humanitarian and democratic ideals, and its values are based on respect for the equality, worth, and dignity of all people. Since its beginnings over a century ago, social work practice has focused on meeting human needs and developing human potential. Human rights and social justice serve as the motivation and justification for social work action. In solidarity with those who are dis-advantaged, the profession strives to alleviate poverty and to liberate vulnerable and oppressed people in order to promote social inclusion. Social work values are embodied in the profession’s national and international codes of ethics.


Social work bases its methodology on a systematic body of evidence-based knowledge derived from research and practice evaluation, including local and indigenous knowledge specific to its context. It recognises the complexity of interactions between human beings and their environment, and the capacity of people both to be affected by and to alter the multiple influences upon them including bio-psychosocial factors. The social work profession draws on theories of human development and behaviour and social systems to analyse complex situations and to facilitate individual, organisational, social and cultural changes.


Social work addresses the barriers, inequities and injustices that exist in society. It responds to crises and emergencies as well as to everyday personal and social problems. Social work utilises a variety of skills, techniques, and activities consistent with its holistic focus on persons and their environments. Social work interventions range from primarily person-focused psychosocial processes to involvement in social policy, planning and development. These include counselling, clinical social work, group work, social pedagogical work, and family treatment and therapy as well as efforts to help people obtain services and resources in the community. Interventions also include agency administration, community organisation and engaging in social and political action to impact social policy and economic development. The holistic focus of social work is universal, but the priorities of social work practice will vary from country to country and from time to time depending on cultural, historical, and socio-economic conditions.

* Citation: Web page of International Federation of Social Workers (http://www.ifsw.org)

Working Areas:

Social Workers work in the social services and Ministry of Family and Social Policies , Provincial Directorate of Social Services, in the fields of health, criminal justice, special education, youth, social security, Social assistance, labor, higher education, etc. The following is the list of departments and agencies social workers are employed in Turkey:

  • Ministry of Family and Social Policies
  • Day care centers 0-12 age group
  • Children’s Homes 12-18 age group
  • Training Institutes for Girls and Boys
  • Counseling Centers for Adolescents
  • Foster Family units
  • Family Counseling Centers
  • Old People’s Homes
  • Centers for Care and Rehabilitation of the Disabled
  • Spastic Children’s Center
  • Community Centers
  • General Directorate of Social Assistance Foundation
  • Ministry of Health
  • University and Private Hospitals
  • Branch and Specialization Hospitals (Oncology, Sanatoriums, Children, Maternity, Venereal Disease, Psychiatry)
  • Child-maternity health and family planning centers
  • Universities’ Medico Social Centers
  • Credit and Student Hostels Administration
  • Youth Centers
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Prisons
  • Reformatory Schools
  • Juvenile Courts
  • Centers for Street Children
  • H.U. Department of Social Work and other related departments of different Universities
  • State Planning Organization
  • South Eastern Anatolia Project
  • Family and Social Researches Institute of Prime Ministry
  • Administration for Disabled People of Prime Ministry
  • Directorate General on the Status of Woman of Prime Ministry
  • Labour Institution of Turkey
  • Social Security Institution
  • Insurance Agency for Independent/Self Employed People
  • Foundations for Social Solidarity and Social Assistance
  • Public Relations units of different departments Public and Private Industries Local administration, (Municipalities)
  • Various national and international NGO’s


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