Social Work : A Profession of Many Faces

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  • Edition: 10th
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  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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This best-selling text continues to offer a comprehensive introduction to the field of social work with a unique focus on the diverse groups to whom social workers provide services, including children, older adults, disabled persons, and members of minority racial and ethnic groups. Social Work: A Profession of Many Faces, now in its Tenth Edition, has educated approximately 150,000 students since 1977. This text includes historical material on the emergence of social work as a profession, the areas and groups where human services are provided, and career opportunities for social workers today. The book reflects up-to-date empirical data about where social workers are employed, what positions they hold, what personal characteristics they bring to their practice, and the competencies required to perform their work.

Table of Contents

All chapters begin with “Prefatory Comment” and conclude with “Concluding Comment.”

I. Social Work In U.S. Society.

1.Social Welfare: A Response to Human Need.
Some Social Workers in Action.
Identifying Human Needs.
Social Welfare Programs.
The Evolution of Social Programs.
Continuing Issues in Social Welfare.

2.Social Work: A Comprehensive Helping Profession.
The Central Themes Underpinning Social Work.
The Mission of Social Work.
Defining Social Work.
Social Work Practice Approaches.
Social Workers: Their Many Faces.

3.The Emergence of Social Work as a Profession.
The Nature of Professions.
Helping Professions: A Response to Human Need.
Social Work as a Profession: A Historical Perspective.

II. Social Work Career Options.

4.Entry to the Social Work Profession.
Issues in Social Work Preparation and Employment.
Options for Human Service Practice.
Professional Social Work Practice.

5.Fields of Social Work Practice.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
Children and Youth.
Corrections/Criminal Justice.
Disabilities (Physical/Mental).
Education and Training.
Family Services.
Income Maintenance.
Medical and Health Care.
Mental Health and Illness.
Occupational Social Work.

6.Settings for Social Work Practice.
Characteristics of Practice Settings.
Issues Affecting Agency-Based Practice.
Issues in Private Practice.

III. The Practice Of Social Work.

7.Values and Ethics in Social Work.
The Nature of Values.
The Place of Values in Social Work.
Social Values in U.S. Society.
Values Held by Social Workers.
Areas of Practice Addressed by the NASW Code of Ethics.
An Illustration of Values and Ethics Operating in Social Work Practice.
Examples of Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice.

8. Competencies Required for Social Work Practice Today.
The Competencies Required for Social Work Practice.

9. Prevention as a New Direction: The Future of Social Work.
Prevention: An Evolving Concept for Going into the Twenty-First Century.
Preventing Treatment Abuse with At-Risk Populations.
Gang Violence and Homicide Prevention.
Advocacy, Empowerment, and Prevention.
Class Action Social Work and Prevention.

10.Social Work Throughout the World.
World Population Changes: Creating a Global Demand for Social Work.
A Global Approach to Social Work.
Employment in International Social Work.

IV. Social Work Practice With Special Populations.
An Overview of Special Populations.
Selected Characteristics of Special Populations.

11.Social Work Practice with Women.
Current Demographics.
Ecosystems Perspective.
Intervention Strategies.
Emerging Issues and Trends.

12.Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People.
Current Demographics.
Ecosystems Framework.
Macro Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People.
Micro Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People.
Emerging Issues and Trends.

13.Social Work Practice with Children and Youth.
Current Demographics.
The Ecosystems Model.
A Micro Case Analysis.
A Macro Case Analysis.

14.Social Work Practice with the Elderly.
General Population Figures.
Ecosystems Model Analysis.
Intervention Strategies with the Elderly.
Mental Health and the Elderly.
Emerging Issues and Trends.

15.Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities.
Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities.
Defining Disability.
Disability and the Minority Model.
Societal Responses to Disability.
The Ecosystems Model and People with Disabilities.
Emerging Issues for Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities.
The Rural, Urban, and Suburban Context of Social Work Practice.

16.Social Work Practice in Rural Areas: Appalachia as a Case Example.
Characteristics of the Rural United States.
Social Welfare in Rural Areas.
Implications for Social Work Practice in Rural Areas.
Rural Social Work Practice in Appalachia.
Social Welfare in Rural Appalachia.

17. Urban and Suburban Gangs:The Psychosocial Crisis Spreads.
Understanding Gangs.
The Ecosystems Model.
Urban and Suburban Gang Homicidal-Suicidal Behavior.
Micro Intervention with Homicidal-Suicidal Gang Members.
Macro Intervention with Gangs.
Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Special Populations.

18.Social Work Practice with Asian Americans.
Health and Mental Health Risk Factors.
Ethnic Group Stressors.
Service Systems.
Micro Practice Perspectives.
Ecosystems Model Framework.
Micro Case Example.
Macro Practice Perspectives.
Emerging Issues.

19.Social Work Practice with American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
Current Demographics.
Ecosystems Framework.
Micro Social Work Practice with American Indians.
Macro Social Work Practice with Native Americans.
The Future.

20.Social Work Practice with Mexican Americans.
Mexican Americans: A Heterogeneous Population.
Demographic Profile.
Mexican Americans (Latinos) in Social Work Literature.
Ecosystems Model.
Micro Social Work Practice.
Macro Social Work Practice.

21.Social Work Practice with African Americans.
Responding to African American Needs.
Who Are the African Americans?
African American Culture and Life-Style.
Social Work Intervention.
The Problem-Solving Process.

22.Social Work Practice with Puerto Ricans.
Current Demographics.
Health and Mental Health Risk Factors.
General Data on Health Care and Puerto Ricans.
Beliefs and Practices That Influence Puerto Ricans' Health.
Ecosystems Perspective.
Intervention Strategies.

V. The Social Worker In Action.

23. The Social Worker in Action: A High School Homicide Case.
Background to the Case.
Social Work Psychosocial Intervention.
Applying Crisis Theory to the Tasks at Hand.
Mobilizing Related Mental Health Disciplines.
Dealing with the Media.
A Town Tries to Heal.
The Report: A Psychosocial Evaluation.
The Report Is Challenged by the People.
A Social Worker's Work Is Never Finished.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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