Social Work : A Profession of Many Faces (with Themes of the Times for Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare)

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  • Edition: 11th
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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • 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.


Now in its Eleventh Edition, Social Work: A Profession of Many Faces has educated approximately 150,000 students since 1977. It has stayed current with changes in the human services and social work profession, introducing proactive, cutting-edge material rather than maintaining a reactive position, as reflected in most other texts of its kind. Especially timely issues that this edition addresses include the following: the events of 9/11 and their dramatic influence on human services in the United States; United States involvement in Middle East warfare and the aftermath of physical and emotional damage to individuals involved and their families; and the 2000 Census and how substantial changes in the U.S. population suggest a need for realignment of social services.   


Fundamentally, 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.


Any market interested in learning about 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.

Table of Contents

Most chapters conclude withConcluding Comments, Key Words and Concepts, Suggested Information Sources, and Endnotes. Preface I. A Social Worker Makes a Difference. 1. A Child Welfare Case: A Social Worker in Action. Demitria s First Case. Concluding Comment. II. Social Work in U.S.Society. 2. Social Welfare: A Response to Human Need. Identifying Human Needs. Social Welfare Programs. The Evolution of Social Welfare. Social Welfare in the Early 2000s. The Successes and Failures of Human Services Programs. 3. 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. 4. The Emergence of Social Work as a Profession. The Nature of Professions. Social Work as a Profession: A Historical Perspective. Social Work on 9/11: The Case of a Maturing Profession. III. Social Work Career Options. 5. Entry to the Social Work Profession. Issues in Social Work Preparation and Employment. Options for Human Service Practice. Professional Social Work Practice. 6. Fields of Social Work Practice. Aging. Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Child Welfare. Community/Neighborhood Services. Corrections/Criminal Justice. Disabilities (Physical and Mental). Family Services. Income Maintenance. Medical and Health Care. Mental Health and Illness. Occupational or Industrial Social Work. Schools. Youth Services. Sources. 7. Settings for Social Work Practice. Characteristics of Practice Settings Issues Affecting Agency-Based Practice Issues in Private Practice IV. The Practice of Social Work. 8. 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. Illustrations of Values and Ethics Operating in Social Work Practice. 9. Competencies Required for Social Work Practice Today. The Universal Social Work Competencies. Frequently Utilized Social Work Competencies. Competencies Occasionally Needed by Social Workers. Low Utilization Competencies for Most Social Workers. 10. The Role of Social Work in Prevention. Prevention: An Evolving Concept in the Twenty-First Century. Preventing Treatment Abuse with At-Risk Populations. Gang Violence and Homicide Prevention. U.S. Homeland Security Department as a Prevention Effort. Class Action Social Work and Prevention. 11. Social Work throughout the World. Today s Global Social Concerns: A context for Social Work. World Population Changes: Creating a Global Demand for Social Work in the Future. Social Welfare Programs: A Varied Response to Human Need. A Global Approach to Social Work. Social Workers Act Globally: The Tsunami Disaster. Employment in International Social Work. 12. The Challenges for Social Workers in Rural Areas. Characteristics of Rural Areas. Social Welfare in Rural Areas Characteristics of Social Work Practice in Rural Areas. A Glimpse of Rural Social Work Practice. Special Considerations in Rural Practice Today. 13. Domestic and International Gang Terrorism. Defining and Understanding Terrorism.

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