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Introduction to Social Work
An Advocacy-Based Profession

Second Edition
Experience with SAGE edge


January 2018 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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. 

 

 
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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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