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Social Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Social Welfare, Social Issues, and the Profession / Edition 1

Social Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Social Welfare, Social Issues, and the Profession / Edition 1

by Morley D. Glicken


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Using an accessible writing style, author Morley D. Glicken introduces readers to the noble and exciting profession of Social Work with the hope to motivate student interest in BSW and MSW Programs. This engaging text addresses a number of social issues in America, looks at how the social welfare system attempts to resolve these issues, and considers the many roles assumed by professional social workers within the social welfare system.

Key Features:

  • Offers real world examples: Many interesting case studies illustrate successful social work practices within existing social welfare settings to give students a strong and positive feel for what social workers do. These examples provide insight into the various functions of social workers including those working in the military; serving in local, state, and federal legislatures; and working in the business sector.
  • Addresses a variety of social issues: Social problems such as poverty, child abuse, and sexual harassment are examined, as well as topics absent from many other introductory books including social work with victims of terrorism and combat. This book looks at how social welfare organizations provide help and includes chapters on social work specializing in military social work, forensic social work, public welfare, spirituality and social work, industrial social work, child welfare, and clinical practice.
  • Stimulates critical thinking: "You Be the Social Worker" sections challenge students with a specific problem discussed in each chapter encouraging them to figure out how they would handle various real-life situations. Other helpful tools include information boxes with statistics, Internet sources to find additional material, and questions to guide the student in critical thinking and opposing points of view.

This text is designed for undergraduate and graduate students taking Introductory Social Work courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412913164
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/14/2006
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dr. Morley D. Glicken is the former Dean of the Worden School of Social Service in San Antonio; the founding director of the Master of Social Work Department at California State University, San Bernardino; the past Director of the Master of Social Work Program at the University of Alabama; and the former Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Greater Tucson. He has also held faculty positions in social work at the University of Kansas and Arizona State University. He currently teaches in the Department of Social Work at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Dr. Glicken received his BA degree in social work with a minor in psychology from the University of North Dakota and holds an Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and the Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Social Work degrees from the University of Utah. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity.

In 2010, Praeger Press published his books on workaholism and retirement and another on mature love. In 2009, Praeger Press published his book A Simple Guide to Retirement (with Brian Haas). Elsevier, Inc. published his books Evidence-Based Practice with Troubled Children and Adolescents: A Psychosocial Perspective and, Evidence Based Counseling and Psychotherapy with an Aging Population, also in 2009. In 2008 he published A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals for Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. In 2006 he published Life Lessons from Resilient People, published by Sage Publications. He published Working with Troubled Men: A Practitioner’s Guide for Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers in 2005 and Improving the Effectiveness of the Helping Professions: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice in 2004 for Sage Publications. In 2003 he published Violent Young Children, and Understanding and Using the Strengths Perspective for Allyn and Bacon/Longman Publishers. Dr. Glicken published two books for Allyn and Bacon/Longman Publishers in 2002: The Role of the Helping Professions in the Treatment of Victims and Perpetrators of Crime (with Dale Sechrest) and, A Simple Guide to Social Research.

Dr Glicken has published over 50 articles in professional journals and has written extensively on personnel issues for Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal. He has held clinical social work licenses in Alabama and Kansas and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Social Work at California State University, San Bernardino and Executive Director of the Institute for Personal Growth: A Research, Treatment, and Training Institute in Prescott, Arizona offering consulting services in counseling, research, and management.

More information about Dr. Glicken may be obtained on his website: A listing of all of his books may be found on at: and he can be contacted by email at:

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Social Problems, Social Welfare Organizations, and the Profession of Social Work
2. A Brief History of Social Work: From the English Poor Laws to the Progressive Policies of President Barak Obama
3.The Social Work Process
4. Professional Social Work Practice: The Sophisticated Generalist
5. Social Work Education
6.The Importance of Critical Thinking and Research in Social Work Practice
7. The Economically and Socially Disadvantaged: Professional Social Work in the Public and Private Social Welfare Systems
8. Children in Difficulty: The Child Welfare System and Professional Social Work With Abused, Neglected, and Emotionally Troubled Children and Their Families
9. The Education System in America and the Role of School Social Workers
10. Troubled Families: The Social Welfare Safety Net and Professional Social Work With Families Experiencing Financial, Emotional, and Social Difficulties
11. Problems in the Workplace: Work-Related Helping Organizations and the Role of Industrial Social Work
12. Problems of Crime and Violence: The Legal System and the Role of Forensic Social Work
13.The Graying of America: Helping Organizations With Older Adults and the Role of Social Workers in Gerontology
14. Serious Emotional Problems and Mental Illness: Helping Organizations and the Role of Clinical Social Work
15. Health Problems, Disabilities, Death and Dying, and Access to Care: The Many Roles of Medical Social Workers
16. A Society With Serious Substance Abuse Problems: The Helping Organizations and the Role of Social Workers in Treating and Preventing Alcohol and Drug Abuse
17. Immigration: Xenophobia, the Organizations Helping New Immigrants, and Social Work’s Role in Smoothing Transitions to the United States
18. Natural Disasters, Terrorism, and Random Violence: Helping Organizations and the Role of Social Work in Treating Victims in Crisis
19. International Social Problems: The Helping Organizations and the Roles of International Social Workers
20. Medical, Social, and Emotional Problems in the Military: The Veterans Administration and Military Social Work
21. The Problems Faced by Diverse Populations: The Helping Organizations and Culturally Sensitive Social Work Practice
22. The Role of Social Work and Social Welfare Organizations in Developing Healthy Community Life: Building Better Communities Through Community Organizing
23. The Impact of Religion and Spirituality on the Social and Emotional Lives of Americans: Religiously Affiliated Social Service Institutions and the Role of Social Work
24. Achieving Social Justice Through Organizational Change: Social Work Adminstrations, Social Justice, and the Public Social Sevices System
25. Achieving Social Justice Through Social Policy Initiatives
26. Potential Social Problems in the 21st Century and the Future Directions for Social Welfare and Social Work
Appendix: Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers
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