A large number of social workers are engaged in tasks often denominated as social pedagogical work. This paper deals with the impact of scientism in this field of social work. It is argued that viewing this solely as a kind of applied psychology, is a narrow, and therefore inadequate perspective. Through their effort as professionals the actual social workers influence how young people deal with normative issues. Therefore, this enterprise must be built upon an epistemology where ethics and social philosophy constitute parts of the realm of rationality.