Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People / Edition 10

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Delivering a comprehensive overview of the profession, Zastrow's bestselling Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People, 10e looks at contemporary society with a realistic view of social problems. By presenting positive strategies in the context of the core values, ethics, skills, and knowledge base of today's professional social worker, Zastrow encourages readers to think about new and realistic ways to solve problems and empower clients. Throughout the book, practical social problems cases, exhibits, and tables help the reader apply chapter concepts to real-world situations, as well as compare and contrast the issues. Completely up to date, the Tenth Edition includes new coverage of human rights, the housing crisis and recession, President Obama's social welfare agenda, and much more.

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"We believe as a department that this is the best introductory book on the market. Our students love the book and we anticipate using it for years to come."

"This text provides an in depth overview of social work as a profession, its relationship to social welfare issues in society and the role of social work and the social worker to assess and intervene with individuals, families, groups and organizations."

"It is one of the best texts I have reviewed for thoroughly covering each of the topics that social work and human service majors may encounter. Its ease of readability and its sensitivity to a strengths perspective encourage students to approach these subjects by thinking critically and exploring their personal experiences and opinions with the information presented."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495809524
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/6/2009
  • Series: Introduction to Social Work / Social Welfare Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 617
  • Sales rank: 1,271,956
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Zastrow, MSW, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he chaired the Social Work Department for six years. He has also been the Assistant Director and Professor in the Social Work Program at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, where he currently teaches. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin, Dr. Zastrow has worked as a practitioner for various agencies, chaired social work accreditation site visit teams for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and served on the Commission on Accreditation of CSWE. He also is a member of the BPD board. A leader in social work education and a bestselling author, Dr. Zastrow has written more than 45 articles in professional journals as well as nine books, including four textbooks: THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK, SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS, and UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (with Dr. Karen Kirst-Ashman).

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Table of Contents

1. Social Welfare: Its Business, History, and Future. 2. Social Work as a Profession and a Career. 3. Generalist Social Work Practice. 4. Poverty and Public Welfare. 5. Emotional/Behavioral Problems and Counseling. 6. Family Problems and Services to Families. 7. Sexual Orientation and Services with GLBT Individuals. 8. Drug Abuse and Drug Treatment Programs. 9. Crime, Juvenile Delinquency, and Correctional Services. 10. Problems in Education and School Social Work. 11. Work-Related Problems and Social Work in the Workplace. 12. Racism, Ethnocentricism, and Strategies for Advancing Social and Economic Justice. 13. Sexism and Efforts for Achieving Equality. 14. Aging and Gerontological Services. 15. Health Problems and Medical Social Services. 16. Physical and Mental Disabilities and Rehabilitation. 17. Overpopulation, Misuse of the Environment, and Family Planning. Epilogue: Your Future in Combating Human Problems. Appendix: Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.

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    Extremely biased look at our culture which only perpetuates raci

    Extremely biased look at our culture which only perpetuates racism and separation in our society. Stating every problem of each race is caused by white people is completely unfounded and absurd and only hurts our society. For an unbiased look into race I recommend reading an intellectually stimulating book called "Race Matters" by Cornel West however unfortunately I cannot recommend another social work book as this is the only one at this level I have read. It gives a decent look at social work as a whole, however I found his statements and information offensive and unfounded. For example he states (not in exact words) our history books don't really talk about African Americans. Again, I would have to disagree with that statement. 
    I cannot recommend this book to college students/professors as I believe it only perpetuates separation in society.

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