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The newly revised edition of the very first textbook to fully incorporate the strengths or empowerment perspective integrates the CSWE foundational content areas with the contemporary themes of empowerment, strengths, and social justice. Social Work: An Empowering Profession, Fifth Edition takes a strong generalist eco-systems approach while examining values and ethics, cultural diversity, social justice, social work practice, human behavior, populations at risk, and policy and services. This innovative text details the role of the social worker in consultation, resource management, and education, and presents an easy-to-understand paradigm that shows students how the partnership between practitioners and consumers takes place at all system levels.
New to this Edition
• NEW Profiles of Social Work boxes in each chapter describe social work activities in various fields of practice while text expands content on human rights and international social work.
• Updated demographic data, statistical information, and citations enhance additional content consistent with the new educational policy and accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education.
• Appendix now includes the full text of the International Federation of Social Workers code of ethics, The Ethics of Social Work: Principles and Standards.
“…a good text for MSW courses at the introductory level, and a good text for BSW courses in which the instructor pushes his/her students and challenges them to read, comprehend, and think!”
-David A. Iacono-Harris, Ph.D., Western Illinois University
“…the chapters are certainly well written, clear, and current … The text's focus on empowerment, social justice, and systems theory were deciding factors in my adoption decision. This text addresses these topics in a way that is very consistent with current emphases in social work education and within the profession itself, providing an excellent foundation for students.”
-Alice W. Sewell, Ph.D., Millersville University
“"This text does an excellent job of introducing students to the profession of social work and its relationship to the social welfare system. ...The chapters effectively engage students by beginning with a narrative about a social worker or client system, which places the chapter topic in a real life context.”
-Salome Raheim, University of Iowa
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Each chapter includes “Looking Forward.”
I. THE PROFESSION OF SOCIAL WORK.
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.
Client Systems in Social Work.
Social Work Methods.
4. The Social Service Delivery System.
Social Service Settings.
The Funding of Services.
Self-Help Groups as Resources.
Service Delivery Issues.
II. SOCIAL WORK PERSPECTIVES.
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.
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.
Social Work with Diverse Populations.
III. GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK.
8. Empowering Processes for Social Work Practice.
An Empowerment-Based Generic Process of Social Work Practice.
Assessing Resource Capabilities.
Implementing Action Plans.
9. Social Work Functions and Roles.
A Generalist Approach.
Integrating Practice, Policy, and Research.
10. Social Work and Social Policy.
Social Policy and Political Ideologies.
Social Work and Social Policy.
Public Welfare Policy in the Twentieth Century.
Current Public Welfare Programs.
IV. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN FIELDS OF PRACTICE.
11. Social Work in the Public Domain.
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 Welfare Services.
Social Work in the Schools.
Specialized Services for Adolescents.
14. Adult and Aging Services.
Services for Adults.
Intimate Partner Violence.
Services for Older Adults.
Appendix A: NASW Code of Ethics.
Appendix B: International Federation of Social Workers Code of Ethics.