Discover a thorough overview of today's social work profession with a realistic glimpse into social problems in contemporary society with Zastrow/Hessenauer's best-selling INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE: EMPOWERING PEOPLE, 13E. This practical resource provides insights you can apply in actual practice. Updates highlight the latest developments and emerging issues, from Biden's social welfare policies and self-care for social workers to employment, immigration, mass shootings and the pandemic. You learn to develop new methods for problem solving and empowering clients as the authors present positive strategies within the context of the core values, ethics, skills and knowledge base of today's professional social worker. Updated case studies, exhibits and tables highlight, compare and contrast contemporary social problems and issues. Core content from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) aligns with the latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
There are certain questions that all students considering social work ask. Who are social workers? What is it that social workers do? How is the social work profession changing? What does it take to become a social worker? Ira Colby and Sophia Dziegielewski bring their decades of experience in social work practice and education to answer these questions. This engaging text gives readers a practical guide to the many ways in which social workers effect change in their communities and the world. The authors offer an overview and history of the profession; introduce readers to the practice of social work at the micro, mezzo, and macro level; and finally look closely at the many settings and populations that social workers work with. While realistically portraying the pressures and obstacles that social workers face, Colby and Dziegielewski communicate their own passion for social work.
Karen K. Kirst-Ashman's introductory book enhances readers' ability to grasp the essence and spirit of generalist social work and the issues in social welfare that social workers address every day. Giving those who are contemplating a career in social work a solid introduction to the profession, Kirst-Ashman presents a balanced introductory look within a unifying theme of critical thinking that trains readers to be more evaluative of key concepts. This fifth edition is completely updated in every chapter, and includes practice concepts, social welfare policy concepts, history and current state of the profession, the contexts of practice and populations served, and professional development. Written in a clear and straightforward manner, the book provides numerous case examples to illustrate social work practice. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.