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Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation / Edition 4

Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation / Edition 4

by Marla Berg-Weger


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Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation / Edition 4

Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation is a best-selling text and website for introduction to social work courses. It provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values that are essential for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and public policy in a variety of practice settings.

The fifth edition of Social Work and Social Welfare is in full color, with more visuals and photos throughout. As with previous editions, this book is an up-to-date profile of the world in which today’s social workers practice, with current demographic, statistical, legislative, policy, and research information; and sensitive discussions of contemporary ethical issues. The text includes exercises from six interactive cases, including the new case, Brickville. Visit for the detailed cases and companion materials that teach students about social work through practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138819498
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/18/2016
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 692
Sales rank: 363,738
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Marla Berg-Weger is a professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University, Missouri, where she also serves as the Executive Director, Geriatric Education Center and is a past Director of Field Education. Dr. Berg-Weger has been a social worker for over three decades and holds social work degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Her social work practice experience includes public social welfare services, domestic violence services, mental health, and gerontological and health care social work. Her research and writing focus on social work practice and gerontological social work, particularly in the areas of family caregiving, dementia care, and older adult mobility. With Julie Birkenmaier, she co-authored the textbook The Practicum Companion for Social Work: Integrating Class and Field Work. With Birkenmaier and Marty Dewees, she co-authored another book in this series, Contemporary Social Work Practice. She is the past president and secretary of the Association of Gerontology in Social Work. She serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. She is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; About the Authors; 1. A Glimpse into the World of Social Work; 2. History of Social Work and Social Welfare; 3. U.S. Poverty and the Implications for Social Work; 4. Diversity with the Social Work Practice Environment; 5. Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice; 6. Social Work Perspectives and Methods; 7. Fields of Social Work Practice; 8. Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families; 9. Social Work Practice with Groups; 10. Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities, and Public Policy; 11. The Social Work Profession; References; Glossary/Index

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"This is the perfect intro social work text! I love that there is an entire chapter devoted to poverty. Students are provided with a thorough understanding of practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels, including the opportunities and challenges facing today’s social work profession. It is comprehensive, interesting, and accessible."—Jessica Ritter, Social Work, Pacific University

"This third edition of Social Work and Social Welfare is an outstanding text for social work students. It has numerous topics ranging from the history of social welfare to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The end of each chapter has a summary of main points and exercises. This text is useful for social work students because, among other topics, it provides history, poverty, social work environment, values and ethics, diversity, types of practice, practice groups, work with families, other groups, communities, and organizations. Every social worker needs knowledge about these topics."—Ski Hunter, Social Work, University of Texas, Arlington

"Highlighting the connection between politics, social programs, and social and economic justice raises thought-provoking questions that all future social workers must consider. The interactive case studies represent a well-chosen range of challenges and problems and will help my students understand and apply social work methods at all levels of practice."—Joy Swanson Ernst, Social Work, Hood College

"Berg-Weger’s introduction text breaks down complex principles into manageable sections. The concepts are well organized and the exercises at the end of each chapter provide practical examples to enhance student learning. My students are inspired by the case studies and practice experiences to explore the field of social work."—Danilea Werner, Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, Auburn University

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