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

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-12-08
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Social Work in the 21st Century is a T1 for courses called Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare. It is an overview of the Welfare system in America and it gives special attention to the role of a social worker and how they have historically interacted with the system. This book is written as an alternative to the market leader, Zastrow, which is highly dense introduction to the social welfare system and social work. The course is open to all majors and is often the course that draws students into the major of social work. This book is intended to get students excited about the profession and thinking critically about what social workers do and how they operate within the larger system.Unique features of the text include pedagogical features such as "You be the Social Worker", "Questions to Determine your Frame of Reference", "Info tables", and detailed cases with discussion questions. All these features reviewed very well in the text, and all are going to be retained, updated and expanded in the new edition. In addition, the author will add interviews with social workers in various roles and contexts.Reviewers made some very valuable recommendations for the new edition. They include the following:Incorporating a greater focus on the Person in Environment perspective (unique to social work) and a greater focus on macro issues and policy. They also recommended adding more visually appealing elements such as more photos throughout the text.A new feature will be invited essays by social workers in various roles from across the country. This will give students a first hand experience of the variety of roles social workers perform. In addition, the author will update the book to reflect recent current events, such as the historic election, the recent catastrophes and government response (since the book's publication) and will incorporate a greater emphasis on international issues. Finally, the author will give greater focus to evidence based practice and the supporting research throughout the text.The author is also going to review the Instructor's manual and student study site carefully (previsously developed by a freelancer) and will make improvements and updates. In addition, he will provide audio lecture files for podcasts, which will bring us closer to the offerings of the market leader. Finally, he will search for films on youtube, which can linked to our student study site.

Table of Contents

Social Problems, the Social Welfare Syster, the Role of Professional Social Work, Social Work Processes Adn Practice, Social Work Education
An Introduction to Social Problems, Social Welfare Organizations, and the Profession of Social Work
A Brief History of Social Work and Social Welfare: From the Poor Laws to the Progressive Policies of Barak Obama
The Social Work Process
Professional Social Work Practice: The Sophisticated Generalist
Social Work Education
The Importance of Critical Thinking and Research in Social Work Practice
Professional Social Workers Respond to Social Problems in Related Work Settings
The Economically and Socially Disadvantaged: Professional Social Work in the Public and Private Social Welfare Systems
Children in Difficulty: The Child Welfare System and Professional Social Work With Abused, Neglected, and Emotionally Troubled Children and Their Families
The Education System in America and the Role of School Social Workers
Troubled Families: The Social Welfare Safety Net and Professional Social Work With Families Experiencing Financial, Emotional, and Social Difficulties
Problems in the Workplace: Work-Related Helping Organizations and the Role of Industrial Social Work
Problems of Crime and Violence: The Legal System and the Role of Forensic Social Work
The Graying of America: Helping Organizations With Older Adults and the Role of Social Workers in Gerontology
Serious Emotional Problems and Mental Illness: Helping Organizations and the Role of Clinical Social Work
Health Problems, Disabilities, Death and Dying, and Access to Care: The Many Roles of Medical Social Workers
A Society With Serious Substance Abuse Problems: The Helping Organizations and the Role of Social Workers in Treating and Preventing Alcohol and Drug Abuse
International Issues and the Roles of Social Work
Immigration: Xenophobia, the Organizations Helping New Immigrants, and Social Work's Role in Smoothing Transitions to the United States
Natural Disasters, Terrorism, and Random Violence: Helping Organizations and the Role of Social Work in Treating Victims
International Social Problems: The Helping Organizations and the Roles of International Social Workers
Medical, Social, and Emotional Problems in the Military: The Veterans Administration and Military Social Work
Key Elements in Combating Social Problems and Achieving Social Justice
The Problems Faced by Diverse Populations: The Helping Organizations and Culturally Sensitive Social Work Practice
The Role of Social Work and Social Welfare Organizations in Developing Healthy Community Life
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
Achieving Social Justice Through Organizational Change
Social Policy
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
Additional Recommended Readings
About the Author
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