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Introduction to Social Work
An Advocacy-Based Profession

Second Edition
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January 2018 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Winner of the 2019 Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA)

The best-selling Introduction to Social Work takes students to the root of the social work profession by covering its history, practice settings, and career paths within a unique advocacy framework. This advocacy practice and policy model comprised of four components—economic and social justice, a supportive environment, human needs and rights, and political access—provides an effective lens for viewing today’s social issues. Throughout the book, an emphasis on advocacy underscores the transformative opportunities and contributions of social work on not just the clinical/client level, but also at organizational, community, national, and international levels. The Second Edition closely aligns with the latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and references the 2018 Code of Ethics from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Through the authors’ inclusion of reflective practice, students will be encouraged to engage in critical thought and contemplate a career in social work.

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
PART 1: UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL WORK
 
1: THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION
Learning Objectives

 
Mary Considers Social Work

 
The Professional Social Worker

 
Social Work Education

 
Social Work Practice

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
2: THE HISTORY OF SOCIAL WORK
Learning Objectives

 
Brian Organizes Farmworkers

 
Social Welfare

 
The Intertwined History of Social Welfare Policy and Social Work

 
The Limitations of Social Welfare

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
3: GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
Learning Objectives

 
Layla Intervenes at All Levels to Help People Who Are Homeless

 
Knowledge Base for Generalist Social Workers

 
Theoretical Foundations of Generalist Practice

 
Roles for Generalist Social Workers

 
Levels of Generalist Practice

 
The Change Process

 
Advocates for Change

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
4: ADVOCACY IN SOCIAL WORK
Learning Objectives

 
Nancy Advocates to Professionalize Social Work in Her State

 
The Need for Professional Advocates

 
Social Workers and Social Change

 
The Cost of Advocacy

 
A Model for Dynamic Advocacy

 
Tenets of Advocacy Practice and Policy Model

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
PART 2: RESPONDING TO NEED
 
5: POVERTY AND INEQUALITY
Learning Objectives

 
Steve Sees the Face of Poverty

 
Poverty

 
Social Service Programs for The Those Who Are Poor

 
Diversity and Poverty

 
Advocacy on Behalf of the People Living in Poverty

 
Your Career and Poverty

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
6: FAMILY AND CHILD WELFARE
Learning Objectives

 
Rosa Works to Strengthen Families for the Sake of Children

 
Today’s Families

 
Child Welfare Services

 
Social Work in Schools

 
Diversity and Family and Child Welfare

 
Advocacy on Behalf of Families and Children

 
Your Career in Family and Child Welfare

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
7: HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH CHALLENGES
Learning Objectives

 
Gayle Practices Social Work in a Teaching Hospital

 
Health Challenges and the American Health Care System

 
Health Care and Social Work

 
Diversity and Health Care

 
Advocacy on Behalf of People With Health Care Challenges

 
Your Career in Health Care

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
8: PHYSICAL, COGNITIVE, AND DEVELOPMENTAL CHALLENGES
Learning Objectives

 
Joe Advocates for People With Intellectual Challenges

 
Definitions of Physical, Cognitive, and Developmental Challenges

 
Types of Physical, Cognitive, and Developmental Challenges

 
Stigma and Discrimination Against People With Physical, Cognitive, and Developmental Challenges

 
Social Work With People Living With Physical, Cognitive, and Developmental Challenges

 
Diversity and Physical, Cognitive, and Developmental Challenges

 
Advocacy on Behalf of People With Physical, Cognitive, or Developmental Challenges

 
Your Career Working With People Who Have Physical, Cognitive, and Developmental Challenges

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
9: MENTAL HEALTH
Learning Objectives

 
Joyce Seeks Knowledge to Help With Her Broad Caseload at a Mental Health Center

 
Mental Health and Mental Illness

 
Evolution of the Mental Health System

 
Social Work Practice in Mental Health

 
Diversity and Mental Health

 
Advocacy on Behalf of People With Mental Health Issues

 
Your Career in Mental Health Social Work

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
10: SUBSTANCE USE AND ADDICTION
Learning Objectives

 
Clayton Uses His Addiction Experience in Community Outreach

 
Substance Use as a Mental Disorder

 
Policies Related to Substance Use

 
Social Work Practice in Substance Use and Addiction

 
Diversity and Substance Use and Treatment

 
Advocacy and Substance Use Disorder

 
Your Career in Substance Use and Addictions

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
11: HELPING OLDER ADULTS
Learning Objectives

 
Emilee Adores Gerontological Social Work

 
Aging and Older Adults

 
Gerontological Social Work Practice

 
Issues of Aging and Old Age

 
Policies Affecting Older Adults

 
Diversity and Aging

 
Advocacy and Aging

 
Your Career in Gerontology

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
12: CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Learning Objectives

 
Michelle Combats Racial and Ethnic Imbalances in the Juvenile Justice System

 
Central Concepts in Criminal Justice and Crime

 
Conflicting Attitudes About Those Who Commit Crimes

 
Social Workers and the Criminal Justice System

 
Diversity and Criminal Justice

 
Specific Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

 
Advocacy and Criminal Justice

 
Your Career in Criminal Justice

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
PART 3: WORKING IN CHANGING CONTEXTS
 
13: COMMUNITIES AT RISK AND HOUSING
Learning Objectives

 
Tonya Supports Residents of Federally Subsidized Housing

 
Central Concepts Regarding Communities and Housing

 
Social Work Practice in Housing and Communities

 
Policy Issues Related to Communities and Housing

 
Diversity and Housing

 
Advocacy and Housing

 
Your Career in Housing Services and Community Practice

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
14: THE CHANGING WORKPLACE
Learning Objectives

 
Deidre Experiences Firsthand the Realities of the Contemporary Workplace

 
The History of Work

 
Current Social Trends Related to Work

 
Work-Related Issues

 
Social Welfare and the Changing Workplace

 
Diversity and the Changing Workplace

 
Advocacy and the Changing Workplace

 
Your Career in the World of Work

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
15: VETERANS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND MILITARY SOCIAL WORK
Learning Objectives

 
Veteran Javier Experienced Military Life and Now Counsels Families

 
The Armed Services and Military Culture

 
Social Work With the Military and Veterans

 
Diversity and Military Social Work

 
Advocacy for Veterans and Members of the Military

 
Your Career in Military Social Work

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
16: ENVIRONMENTALISM
Learning Objectives

 
Betty Confronts a Natural Disaster

 
Environmentalism and Social Work

 
Environmental Issues

 
Diversity and Environmentalism

 
Advocacy and Environmentalism

 
Your Career in Environmentalism

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
17: INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL WORK
Learning Objectives

 
Teresa Applies Her Multicultural Background to Social Work

 
International Social Work

 
Current Issues Facing International Social Workers

 
Diversity and International Practice

 
Advocacy and International Social Work

 
Your Career in International Social Work

 
Summary

 
Top 10 Key Concepts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Exercises

 
Online Resources

 
 
Epilogue: Social Work and Self-Care
 
Appendix: Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers: Summary of Major Principles
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

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  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Sample course syllabi for 10-week and 15-week courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s courses.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to help prepare for lectures and class discussions.
  • Discussion Questions and Chapter Exercises help students engage with the material by reinforcing important content and inspiring critical thinking.
  •  A course cartridge provides easy LMS integration.
Student Study Site

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • Carefully selected chapter-by-chapter video links and multimedia content enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives reinforce the most important material.
  • Case studies help students apply new concepts to realistic situations they may face.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Full-text SAGE journal articles support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter.  
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • A grid of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) on the inside front cover of the book serves as an easy reference to the accreditation requirements set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • An enhanced graphics program that includes more data graphs better represents content to improve student understanding.
  • A theme of inter-professional education and practice is integrated throughout and illustrated within various case vignettes.
  • Added and expanded coverage of topics reflect the rapidly changing social-political environment:

o    Immigration

o    Refugees

o    Human trafficking

o    Use of substances

o    Affordability Care Act

o    Legislative processes

o    More

KEY FEATURES:

  • A unique advocacy framework explores the signature roots of the social work profession, its history, key figures, practice settings, policies, and the type of work performed on individual, group, community, local, state, national, and international levels.
  • Vignettes in every chapter give students an understanding of social work situations based on those in the real world.
  • Reflective practice and Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) are integrated throughout. 
  • Social Work in Action, Spotlight on Advocacy and Current Trends boxes provide applied examples of social workers' transformative opportunities and contributions in confronting complicated life situations.
  • Chapter-ending Your Career sections encourage self-reflection while introducing potential career paths for future social workers.
  • Robust in-text pedagogy includes learning objectives, Time to Think critical thinking questions, chapter summaries, discussion questions, exercises, and more.
  • FREE SAGE edge online resources for instructors and students include a test bank, PPT slides, eFlashcards, eQuizzes, access to SAGE journal content, and more.


Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2- The History of Social Work

Chapter 4- Advocacy in Social Work


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