Social Work: An Empowering Profession / Edition 4

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This introductory textbook distinguishes itself from others, because it takes a discipline approach rather than a social problems approach to framing the foundations of social work knowledge, values, and skills. It presents an easy-to-understand paradigm that shows how the partnership between practitioners and consumers takes place at all systems levels. KEY TOPICS: Integrates the CSWE foundational content areas and the contemporary themes of empowerment, strengths, and social justice. Topics include values and ethics, cultural diversity, social justice, social work practice, human behavior, populations at risk, and policy and services. This sixth edition continues to feature empowerment-based social work, the strengths perspective, and diversity. Designed specifically for human service professionals and social workers, as well as Sociology and Social Work undergraduate and graduate majors entering these fields.

Incl. social service delivery system; funding of services; staffing patterns; generalist social work; ethics

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An introductory text taking a discipline approach rather than a social problems approach. Overviews various elements of the field, covering historical and philosophical roots, the professional value base, dimensions of human behavior and social problems, perspectives on diversity, the social service delivery network, and the social work interventions of practice, policy, and research. Boxes feature contemporary issues, examples, and ethical concerns. This third edition contains new case material and expanded material in areas such as social welfare, child welfare, and gerontological social work. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205340675
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1901
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Social Work: A Helping Profession 3
2 An Evolving Profession 29
3 Social Work and Social Systems 59
4 The Social Service Delivery System 86
5 Values and Ethics in Social Work 119
6 Social Work and Social Justice 145
7 Diversity and Social Work 172
8 Empowering Processes for Social Work Practice 211
9 Social Work Functions and Roles 247
10 Social Work and Social Policy 281
11 Social Work in the Public Domain 311
12 Social Work in Health, Rehabilitation, and Mental Health 340
13 Social Work and Family Issues 380
14 Social Work Across the Life Span 421
Epilogue 458
Appendix A NASW Code of Ethics 460
Appendix B A Code of Ethics for Radical Social Service Workers 468
References 471
Name Index 505
Subject Index 513
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    An excellent resource

    It is an excellent resource for introduction to social work. As an employee of a social services agency, and a public administration student I find it is an extraordinarily realistic book that paints the real face of social work on a canvass of reality. The book brings real faces to students. I highly recommend it.

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