Social Work: An Empowering Profession / Edition 8 available in Paperback
As the profession of social work is being utilized more and more, a larger number of people are choosing to enter the field. Yet in order to embrace the profession and to begin training, one must fully understand the discipline. Thus unlike other introductory books that employ a social problems approach, this book takes a discipline approach to framing the foundations of social work. It also reflects the new NASW Code of Ethics (1996) and the latest changes resulting from recent welfare reform measures. In doing so, the authors' combined experience of over thirty-eight years as social work educators is evident. This book offers a thorough introduction to the profession and discipline of social work. The book's topics include values and ethics, cultural diversity, social justice, social work practice, human behavior, populations at risk, and policy and services. Additionally, the book details the roles of the social worker in the functions of consultation, resource management and education. Social workers, social work educators, and career changers.
About the Author
Karla Miley earned her AM degree in social work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Professor Miley has been teaching in higher education for over 30 years. Her full -time appointment was at Black Hawk College where she taught introductory and lifespan psychology and had responsibility for coordinating the social work transfer program. Over the course of her teaching career, she also held adjunct appointments in the accredited social work degree programs at Marycrest College and St. Ambrose University. In addition to Social Work: An Empowering Profession, co- authored with Brenda DuBois, she has collaborated with Michael O’ Melia and Brenda DuBois in writing Generalist Social Work Practice: An Empowering Approach, now in 8th Edition. Ms. Miley’s work has also been published in edited collections, such as Education and Research for Empowerment Practice by Gutierrez and Nurius, Empowerment Practice in Social Work by Shera and Wells, and Social Work, Health, and International Development: Compassion in Social Policy and Practice by Dumont and St-Onge. She was co-editor with Michael O'Melia and the author of chapter on empowerment and aging in Pathways to Power: Readings in Contextual Social Work. She has extensive experience in facilitating workshops, staff development training, and conference sessions on empowerment-oriented generalist social work, social justice, and social work ethics.
Table of Contents
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 and Families and Youths.
The Contemporary Family.
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 Code of Ethics.
Appendix C: A Code of Ethics for Radical Social Service Workers.