This comprehensive introduction to fields and occupations of social work examines nine major fields of social work practice. Themes of generalist practice,social research,ethics and values,and human diversity,integrated into each chapter,provide a consistent framework for the incorporation and examination of critical issues in social work practice. Case studies promote student understanding and help them begin to indentify with the social work role. Social Welfare policy is connected with social work practice so students can appreciate the impact of social welfare policy on the day to day practice of social work. Students are acquainted with the history of the profession of social work and the history of social work and the history of social welfare programs.