Professional Writing for Social Work Practice

Professional Writing for Social Work Practice

by Daniel Weisman, Joseph Zornado

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Professional Writing for Social Work Practice by Daniel Weisman, Joseph Zornado

Many social work students today lack the basic writing skills they will need to practice effectively with clients. This user-friendly guide to effective writing skills focuses specifically on the types of writing social work practitioners are required to do in everyday practice: writing for agency reports, client documentation, court letters, and grant writing applications, among other documents. It includes abundant real-world examples drawn from all arenas of social work practice.

The text helps students to understand and practice the basics of successful writing through the inclusion of actual forms and records that are customarily used in social work practice. It presents examples of strong writing and analyzes common writing errors. Each chapter contains examples of good and poor writing, and includes forms on which students can practice their new skills. The text also covers legal and ethical issues surrounding legal documentation and use of writing to influence policy and transmit research findings.

Key Features:

  • Helps students understand and practice the basics of good writing
  • Focuses specifically on the types of writing they will need to do in social work practice
  • Includes writing samples used in actual social work venues
  • Provides samples of agency reports, intake forms, client progress notes, court documentation, and more

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826109279
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/10/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Daniel Weisman, MSW, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Social Work, Rhode Island College, and former chair, Bachelor of Social Work Department. He directed Rhode Island College’s Applied Research and Training Project, and evaluated programs for several Rhode Island state departments, as well as private nonprofit agencies in numerous states. He was a certified site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education. He has coauthored three other books, including Professional Writing for Social Work Practice (2013); written chapters in several anthologies; and published articles in social work and labor studies journals.

Joseph Zornado, PhD, is a professor of English at Rhode Island College. He has written numerous articles and books on literature, culture, and film, as well as on the teaching of writing. His first scholarly monograph, Inventing the Child: Culture, Ideology, and the Story of Childhood, appeared in 2001 (Routledge). He recently completed a speculative trilogy, 2050: A Future History in three volumes (Merry Blacksmith Press, 2015). He has coauthored Professional Writing for Social Work Practice (Springer, 2013), and is currently completing a scholarly monograph, Disney and the Dialectic of Desire: Fantasy as Social Practice (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016). He teaches American literature, children’s literature, literary theory, literature and film, and speculative fiction, among other courses.

Table of Contents

Writing for Social Work PracticeDaniel WeismanTable of Contents


Part 1 Introduction

Chapter 1Jones Family - Self-Assessment

Part 2HBSE and Practice

Chapter 2Human Behavior in the Social Environment - Assessment

Chapter 3Social Work Practice

Chapter 4Social Policy

Part 3Agency-Based Writing

Chapter 5Writing Research Reports

Chapter 6Grant Writing

Chapter 7Letters


Glossary of Writing and Writing Errors

Resumes and Cover Letters

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