An Introduction to the Profession of Social Work: Becoming a Change Agent / Edition 3

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Segal, Gerdes, and Steiner's AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION OF SOCIAL WORK introduces you to the social work profession and describes the role of social worker in the social welfare system. Through case studies, personal stories, and exercises, this social work text helps you apply the concepts and truly understand what it means to be a social worker. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, the fourth edition is completely up to date and thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495601708
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/16/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 505
  • Sales rank: 578,363
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth A. Segal is Associate Dean of Arizona State University's College of Public Programs and is Professor in the ASU School of Social Work. Additionally, she serves on the CSWE Commission on Leadership Development. Along with this text, Segal has multiple publications, including a social policy textbook and numerous journal articles, and is co-editor of the JOURNAL OF POVERTY. Her areas of research and interest include inequality, social justice and low-income women, children and families.

Karen Gerdes is Associate Professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. Her articles have appeared in such journals as the JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION, THE JOURNAL OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, and JOURNAL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS EDUCATION. Dr. Gerdes's areas of interest include conation and the conative mind.

Sue Steiner is Associate Professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. Her areas of interest include macro practice/community organizing; social welfare policy; evaluation of AIDS prevention programs; and poverty reduction policies. She is the author or co-author of many books and has published articles in numerous journals, including the JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION, JOURNAL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS EDUCATION, and TEACHING IN SOCIAL WORK.

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Table of Contents

1. What Is Social Work? 2. History of the Social Welfare System and the Social Work Profession. 3. Poverty and Economic Disparity. 4. Human Rights and Social and Economic Justice. 5. Dimensions of Diversity. 6. Generalist Practice. 7. Child Welfare: Working with Children and their Families. 8. Gerontology: Working with People who are Older. 9. Health Care Services. 10. Mental Health Services. 11. School Social Work. 12. Substance Abuse. 13. Violence, Victims, and Criminal Justice. 14. Crisis, Trauma and Disasters. Appendix A: NASW Code of Ethics. Appendix B: Web Resources. Glossary. Index.

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