The Profession of Social Work

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-21
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

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The introductory course in social work exposes students to all the important aspects of the study of social work and the profession so they can make an informed decision about majoring in the field. This book provides a broad overview to the profession of social work, including its history, values, ethics, contextual perspectives, and professional issues. The contributors represent the leading authorities on each chapter's subject matter.

Author Biography

Catherine N. Dulmus, PhD, is Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Buffalo Center for Social Research in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and Research Director at Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, New York. Karen M. Sowers, PhD, is Dean and Beaman Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include juvenile justice, sexuality, social work education, child welfare, evidence-based practice, and international social work practice.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
About the Editorsp. x
Contributorsp. xi
The History of Social Work and Social Welfarep. 1
Religious Origins of Social Workp. 1
Government Enters the Picturep. 4
The Rise of the Marketp. 8
Jane Addams and the Settlement Housep. 13
The Progressive Erap. 18
Professionalization Beginsp. 20
The Great Depressionp. 23
The Postwar Period and Further Organizationp. 26
The Age of Reaganp. 28
The Age of Impassep. 31
Key Termsp. 32
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 32
Online Resourcesp. 32
Referencesp. 33
Educating for Social Workp. 35
Need for Trained Social Workersp. 36
Accreditationp. 37
Purpose of Social Work Educationp. 39
Education for Practicep. 44
Opportunities and Challengesp. 45
Curriculum for the 21st Centuryp. 47
Key Termsp. 48
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 48
Online Resourcesp. 48
Referencesp. 49
Social Work Practice in the New Millenniump. 51
Summary of the Profession's Evolutionp. 52
Purpose of Social Work Practicep. 53
Social Work's Relation to Biological and Social Sciencesp. 56
Conceptual Framework of Practicep. 57
Primacy of the Methods Triadp. 60
Treatment and the Joining of Casework and Group Workp. 68
Fields of Practicep. 77
The Futurep. 79
Key Termsp. 80
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 80
Online Resourcesp. 80
Referencesp. 81
Professional Credentials and Professional Regulations: Social Work Professional Developmentp. 91
Development of Social Work as a Professionp. 91
Professional Credentialsp. 92
Key Termsp. 102
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 102
Online Resourcesp. 102
Referencesp. 103
Social Work Organizationsp. 105
The Beginning: 1600 to 1900p. 106
The Educational and Organizational Foundations for Social Workp. 111
Educationp. 119
The 1950sp. 122
Fragmentation Versus Unity: A Reflection on a Theme Between Practice and Educationp. 129
Conclusionp. 134
Key Termsp. 134
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 135
Online Resourcesp. 135
Referencesp. 136
Values and Ethics for Professional Social Work Practicep. 137
Understanding Valuesp. 137
Opportunities for Conflictp. 139
Ethicsp. 140
Core Areas in Social Work Ethicsp. 143
Conclusionp. 158
Key Termsp. 158
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 158
Online Resourcesp. 159
Referencesp. 159
The Strengths Perspective: Putting Possibility and Hope to Work in Our Practicep. 163
Origins and Background of Strengths-Based Knowing and Doingp. 165
Reaction Against the Medical/Deficit Modelp. 168
Core Conditions of Change and Positive Developmentp. 172
Principles of the Strengths Perspectivep. 176
What Are Strengths and How Do You Discover Them?p. 180
Conclusionp. 185
Key Termsp. 186
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 186
Online Resourcesp. 187
Referencesp. 187
Putting Evidence-Based Practice Into Practicep. 191
Common Myths About Evidence-Based Practicep. 192
What Evidence-Based Practice Isp. 195
Obstacles to Implementationp. 199
Conclusionp. 200
Key Termsp. 201
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 201
Online Resourcesp. 201
Referencesp. 202
Improving the Scientific Base of Social Work Practicep. 203
The Research-Practice Chasmp. 203
Evidence-Based Practice Movementp. 209
Implications for Making Social Work Practice More Scientificp. 214
Conclusionp. 218
Key Termsp. 219
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 220
Online Resourcesp. 220
Referencesp. 220
Contemporary Issues in Social Workp. 225
What Do We Mean by "Issues"?p. 225
From the Modern to the Postmodern: Social Construction and Social Workp. 228
Globalization and Global Social Workp. 233
Evidence-Based Practicep. 239
Ethicsp. 245
The Profession, Professionals, and Personalizationp. 250
Key Termsp. 255
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 256
Online Resourcesp. 256
Referencesp. 256
Author Indexp. 263
Subject Indexp. 267
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