This popular text is designed to give you a broad understanding about the social work profession and the role that the profession plays in the social welfare system. The authors demonstrate that there are many reasons why social problems occur. You'll explore the history, values, economic, political and cultural factors that surround these issues, as well as the attempts to solve or address them. Throughout this thought-provoking text, you'll be challenged to think critically about issues in a new way, and gain a more in-depth comprehension and appreciation for this important profession.
Table of Contents
PART I. UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIAL WORK: KEY CONCEPTS AND PERSPECTIVES. 1. Social Welfare, Past and Present. 2. Social Work and the Other Helping Professions. 3. The Systems/Ecological Perspective: Understanding Social Work and Social Welfare. 4. Diversity and Social Justice: The Impact of Race, Ethnicity, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation. PART II. SOCIAL WORK: METHODS OF INTERVENTION. 5. Generalist Practice: Social Work with Individuals, Families, and Groups. 6. Generalist Practice: Social Work and the Community, Policy, Administration, and Research. PART III. FIELDS OF PRACTICE AND POPULATIONS SERVED BY SOCIAL WORKERS. 7. Poverty, Income Assistance, and Homelessness. 8. Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Disabilities. 9. Health Care. 10. The Needs of Children, Youth, and Families. 11. Services to Children, Youth, and Families. 12. Older Adults: Needs and Services. 13. Criminal and Juvenile Justice. 14. Social Work in Rural Settings. 15. Social Work in the Work Place. 16. The Globalization of Social Work: What does the Future Hold?