Social Work

Social Work : Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession

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A comprehensive look at the profession of social work, including the rewarding aspects of social work practice as well as the struggles and problems faced by social workers as they do their jobs and uphold the values and ethics of the profession. The text uses case vignettes, boxed illustrations on issues of current importance to the profession, questions, and other pedagogical devices to bring the practice of social work to life for students. Controversial issues are also presented, such as whether the profession is moving away from social goals of political advocacy and reducing poverty, and toward an emphasis on psychotherapy and private practice. There also is discussion of the roles the CSWE and NASW play in the profession, so students are made aware of how these organizations shape social work education and practice. Women's issues and ethnic concerns are addressed in depth, as well as the history of the profession, practice methods, and fields of practice. The text also addresses issues faced by human service professionals and the interrelationships among social workers and other human service professionals. An Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, Computerized Test Bank, and an accompanying CNN Video for Social Work, provides a complete package of supplements.show more

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 182.6 x 241 x 24.9mm | 905.72g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0130638277
  • 9780130638274

Table of contents

Each chapter ends with "Summary." 1. Origins of a Diverse Profession. Social Workers on the Job. Values and the Profession. Knowledge for Social Work Practice. Defining Social Work. Functions of Social Work Practice. Roots of the Profession. Roots of American Social Work. Emergence of a Profession. Social Work's Conservative Origins. Social Work and Related Professions. Overview. 2. Educating and Credentialing Social Workers. Controversies in the History of Social Work Education. Current Curriculum Guidelines. Structure of Social Work Education. Membership Organizations. Licensure and Certification: Protection for Whom? Status and the Profession. 3. In Search of Social Work Theory. What is a Theory? Evaluating Theories. Toward a Social Work Theory. Ideological Perspectives on Social Work Practice. 4. A New Look at Traditional Social Work Methods: Positioning the Profession for the Future. The Generalist Model. Social Casework. Social Work Practice with Groups. Community Organization Practice. 5. Contemporary Social Work Methods: Beyond Direct Practice. Emergence of Macropractice Methods. Social Work Administration. Policy as a Practice Method. Radical Social Work Practice. Research and Evaluation Practice. 6. Social Work's Response to Mental Illness. History of Mental Health Services. The Scope of Mental Health Problems. Community Mental Health Services. Social Workers and Mental Health Practice. Mental Health and the Competing Professions. Ethnic Minorities, Women, and Mental Health Care. The Rights of Clients with Mental Illness. Future of Social Work in the Mental Health Fields. 7. New Directions in Social Work's Response to Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. Sin, Crime, or Disease? AODA Problems and Social Work Practice. Causalities of the War on Drugs. Future Directions. 8. Meeting the Crisis in Health Care. Basic Premises and Goals of Social Work in Health Care. Knowledge, Skills, and Values. Health Care Policy. Good Health and Medical Care: The Missing Link. Health Care for the Poor and Minorities. Health Care Reform. Social Work in Health Care Settings. Future of Health Social Work. Future of the Public's Health. 9. Developmental Disabilities: Striving Toward Inclusion. What are Developmental Disabilities? Social Concern and Mental Retardation. Contemporary Social Policy and Developmental Disabilities. Case Management: Knowledge, Skills, and Values. Aged People with Mental Retardation. Social Workers in the Developmental Disability Field. Future Trends and Directions. 10. Services to Vulnerable Children and Their Families. The Need for a System. Development of Children's Services. Current Services to Children. Services to Children Outside Their Homes. 11. Social Work Faces the Graying of America. The Faces of Older Americans. Services for Older Americans. Models of Service. The Graying Concerns of Social Work. The Makings of a Gerontological Social Worker. 12. Poverty: Improving the Quality of Life for America's Poor. Social Work with the Poor: Are Professional Skills Needed? Emerging Dilemma: Individual Versus System Level of Intervention. Challenge to Social Work: Meeting Financial Needs of the Poor. AFDC: Helping Poor Families Stay Together. Designing Programs to Make Housing Affordable to the Poor. Service Needs of People Who are Homeless. 13. Seeking Justice for Clients in the Legal System: Social Workers in the Justice System. Crime: As American as Apple Pie. The Justice System. Other Correctional Programs. Juveniles: Diversion from the System. Issues in Corrections. 14. Social Work and the Occupational Arena. A History of Social Workers in the Workplace. Occupational Social Work Today. A Framework for Understanding Occupational Social Work Social Work in the Military. Current Issues in Occupational Social Work. 15. Toward Cultural Competence: Social Work, Ethnicity, and Culture. Why Social Workers Need to be Culturally Competent Terminology for Culturally Sensitive Practice. Ethnic-Sensitive Practice. Cultural and Ethnic Groups in the United States. The Profession's Response. 16. Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Social Work Practice. Homosexuality and Bisexuality. Diversity in the Gay Community. Intimate Relationships. Coming Out. Important Issues for Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals. Guidelines for Working with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients. Organizations for the Gay Community. Social Work and the Gay Community. 17. A Feminist Perspective on Social Work. The Feminization of Poverty. Equal Rights. Abortion: A Woman's Right? Violence Against Women. Feminism-Its Place in Social Work Practice. Sexual Discrimination and Harassment in Social Work. Professional Groups and Women's Issues. 18. Is There a Future for Social Work? Trends in Education. Trends in Practice. Trends in Employment. Demographic Trends. Trends in Technology and Social Work. References. Author and Subject Indexes.show more

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