• Cosmin GOIAN Social worker, PhD, Associate professor, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, Head of the Social Work Department West University of Timisoara, Romania, Address: Bvd. Pârvan Nr.4, Timisoara,


professional identity, history of the social work, social services, professional, organizations


The present study intends to analyze the current situation of social work in three Romanian counties, which constitute the Banat region of Romania (Timis, Caras Severin and Arad counties). The qualitative analysis was completed from the perspective of four fields (the activities of the public institutions, nongovernmental organizations, university education institutions and professional organizations) over the span of time 1990 - 2013. The diachronic markers were obtained after consulting archives, different Internet resources, social guides etc. A special part of the present paper is dedicated to elements of professional identity in the field of social work in Banat, following 1990. We have also attempted to sum up the issues addressed by social workers based on assessments realized by the Social Workers Association from Banat and by the Timis Branch of the National College of Social Workers from Romania. Also, the author’s role as an actively practicing social worker, academic and president of two professional organizations in Timis county are being considered. This paper wishes to be part of a national research panned to be implemented in 2014, analyzing the particularities of the social services, professional organizations and universities


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