Social Work: An Empowering Profession / Edition 7

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With its strengths and empowerment approach, Social Work: An Empowering Profession, 7/e explores contemporary themes such as diversity and social justice and ntegrates the Council on Social Work Education's core competencies throughout.

Each chapter reflects and integrates the core competencies in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). End-of-chapter assessment reinforces this integration, and activities support the mastery of CSWE's core competencies.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780205769483
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/11/2010
  • Series: Connecting Core Competencies Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 649,186
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda DuBois, MSW,LCSW, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Work at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. She has been a graduate and undergraduate social work educator in Iowa for thirty-three years. Professor DuBois received her masters degree in social work in 1977 at the University of Iowa and a doctorate in educational administration from Illinois State University in 2002. She has extensive social work practice and consultation experience in public welfare, community planning, organizational development, and program evaluation. Dr. DuBois serves as a member on a number of community agency initiatives, ethics committees, and as a board member to agencies in the Quad Cities. She has published several articles on ethics and empowerment and has co-authored two social work texts on empowerment in social work: Social Work: An Empowering Profession with Karla Miley and Generalist Social Work Practice: An Empowering Approach with Karla Miley and Michael O’Melia.

Karla Miley, MSW,LSW is Professor Emerita, Black Hawk College, Moline, Illinois. She has been a graduate and undergraduate social work educator in Illinois and Iowa for thirty years. Professor Miley received her masters degree in social work in 1966 at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. She has extensive social work practice and consultation experience in school social work, health care, child welfare, and aging services. Professor Miley has served as a member on a number of community agency initiatives and boards. She has published several articles on ethics and empowerment and has co-authored two social work texts on empowerment in social work: Social Work: An Empowering Profession with Brenda DuBois and Generalist Social Work Practice: An Empowering Approach with Brenda DuBois and Michael O’Melia.

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Table of Contents



1. Social Work: A Helping Profession.

Who Are Social Workers?

What Do Social Workers Do?

What Is the Purpose of Social Work?

How Are Social Work and Social Welfare Related?

How Is Social Work an Empowering Profession?

2. An Evolving Profession.

The Emergence of Social Work as a Profession.

Defining Social Work as a Profession.

The Quest for Professional Status.

The Common Base of Social Work Practice.

Tenets for the Social Work Profession.

3. Social Work and Social Systems.

The Ecosystems Perspective.

Social Functioning.

Client Systems in Social Work.

Social Work Methods.

4. The Social Service Delivery System.

Social Service Settings.

The Funding of Services.

Staffing Patterns.

Self-Help Groups as Resources.

Service Delivery Issues.


5. Values and Ethics in Social Work.

Values and Ethics.

The Foundation of Professional Social Work Values.

The Value Context of Social Work.

Social Work Codes of Ethics.

Ethical Principles for Social Work.

Ethical Preferences for Empowerment Social Work.

6. Social Work and Social Justice.

Human Rights in Society.

Social Injustice: The “Isms.”

The Bases of Social Injustice.

Effects of Social Injustice.

Opportunities, Obstacles, and Empowerment.

Social Work's Mandate for Social Justice.

7. Diversity and Social Work.

Diversity and Minority Status.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

Religious Diversity.

Sexual Diversity.

Social Work with Diverse Populations.


8. Empowerment Social Work Practice.

The Empowerment Base of Social Work Practice.



Implementation: Intervention and Evaluation.

9. Social Work Functions and Roles.

A Generalist Approach.


Resource Management.


10. Social Work and Social Policy.

Social Policy.

Social Policy and Political Ideologies.

Social Work and Social Policy.

Street-Level Services.

Public Welfare Policy in the Twentieth Century.

Current Public Welfare Programs.


11. Social Work and Poverty, Homelessness, Unemployment, and Criminal Justice

Social Work and Poverty.

Social Work and Homelessness.

Social Work and Unemployment.

Social Work in Criminal Justice.

12. Social Work in Health, Rehabilitation, and Mental Health.

Social Work in Health Systems.

Social Work and Genetics.

Social Work and AIDS.

Social Work and Physical Disabilities.

Social Work and Developmental Disabilities.

Social Work and Mental Health.

Social Work and Chemical Dependency.

13. Social Work with Families and Youths.

The Contemporary Family.

Child Maltreatment.

Child Welfare Services.

Social Work in the Schools.

Specialized Services for Adolescents.

14. Adult and Aging Services.

Services for Adults.

Intimate Partner Violence.

Elder Abuse.

Services for Older Adults.



Name Index.

Subject Index.

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