Successful Social Work Education: A Student's Guide / Edition 1

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Help your students make the transition from liberal arts or general education to professional education and the practice of social work. Barsky's text not only equips students with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to make the most of their social work education, it also makes the tasks of social work educators more interesting and fulfilling. This book prepares students for the rigors of a social work program and helps them hone such important skills as critical thinking, professional writing, and integrating values with theory, self-awareness, and reflective practice. Once students have mastered the materials in this book, you can focus on teaching content and taking your students to higher levels of professional competence and development. This interactive workbook helps students assess their educational needs, pre-empt problems, and develop strategies to ensure that they not only survive, but thrive as they take advantage of all the opportunities your program has to offer.

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"This book manifests a pleasing balance between standards of professional excellence and touches of both humor and clinical sensitivity."

"Overall I think this is an excellent book and I am so glad that someone finally took the time to document issues/ingredients for a successful social work education. Well done!"

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Meet the Author

Dr. Allan Edward Barsky has a background in law, social work, and conflict resolution. He is presently a Professor of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University and a Family Mediator accredited by the Supreme Court of Florida. Dr. Barsky has mediated family and community disputes in New York City, Toronto, Calgary, and Fort Lauderdale. He is a past President of Ontario Association of Family Mediation and former national board member of Conflict Resolution Network Canada. His research has been published in Negotiation Journal, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and Family Courts Review. He has taught conflict resolution courses in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Barsky's other book credits include SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION: A STUDENT'S GUIDE (Brooks/Cole, 2006), ALCOHOL, OTHER DRUGS AND ADDICTIONS: A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANUAL FOR SOCIAL WORK AND THE HUMAN SERVICES (Brooks/Cole, 2006), INTERDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE WITH DIVERSE POPULATIONS (Greenwood, 2000), and CLINICIANS IN COURT (Guilford, 2002). Dr. Barsky has also been active in promoting civil rights and equality for various minority groups.

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Table of Contents

1. Successful Social Work Education—Where To Begin. 2. Knowing Your Own Program. 3. Course Selection. 4. Challenges Unique To Social Work. 5. Social Work Writing. 6. Oral Presentations. 7. Self-Care. 8. Diversity Concerns. 9. Library Research. 10. Working In Groups. 11. Working Relationships With Professors. 12. Making The Most Of Field. 13. Where To Go From Here.

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