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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type




Degree Name

Social Work: M.S.W


Social Work


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Dr. Sara DeVos

Second Advisor

Dr. Katie Querna

Third Advisor

Sarah Meisinger

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Keywords and Subject Headings

Social Work


The thesis focuses on the lack of clarity in the understanding of social work as a professional and an academic curriculum in Nepal. The broad terminology and understanding of social work have led to sporadic roles and responsibilities of Nepali social workers. The lack of legal recognition of social work roles and positions and the profession per se not being given formal recognition by the government of Nepal has led to disputes in the definition of being a social worker in Nepal and failed to protect service users, families, and communities. The proposed research question is: What are the challenges of being a social worker in Nepal? The research will explore this question through the lived experiences of social work graduates in Nepal, using semi-structured interviews as the method. The research aims to understand the roles and responsibilities that social work graduates find themselves in and the challenges that come along with being a social worker in their personal and professional narratives. The study will call for the significance of regulating the body or at least recognition of social work in Nepal.