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Introduction to Social Work

Introduction to Social Work
An Advocacy-Based Profession

480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Introduction to Social Work is a timely new text by a leading team of authors for introductory courses in social work. This book presents a unique framework for understanding the historical development of social work, the key figures influencing social work history, the various practice settings, and the type of work performed.á This book frames the course by social advocacy and presents all the pertinent information under the lens of social workers as client and community activists. This is a timely approach and will give a clear distinction amongst competing books. In recent years, social workers are taking a much more active approach in client and community advocacy. This involves advocacy at a clinical/client level, but also at a community, national and international level. The book begins with a definition of social work as a profession and then goes into defining social welfare and presenting social welfare history. It then presents the advocacy model which is applied to the various chapters in working with special populations. As other competing texts, the book covers working with children and families, the elderly, the physically and mentally disabled, the homeless and the criminal justice systems. However, the book goes beyond the standard coverage by including chapters on global and environmental issues, the housing crisis/economic system, and collective bargaining. These chapters are unique and willáhelp differentiate the text.áThe book is also closely aligned with CSWE's new EPAS standards and incorporates reflective practice. This is an infusion across the curriculum to help students reflect and grow as they progress through the program. This ôdevelopmentalö approach is seen as a key strength of this proposal. Finally each chapter will begin with an opening case, will contain discussion questions, related organizations and websites and more.
Part One: Understanding Social Work
Chapter 1: The Social Work Profession
Chapter 2: The History of Social Work
Chapter 3: Generalist Social Work Practice
Chapter 4: Advocacy in Social Work
Part Two: Responding to Need
Chapter 5: Poverty and Inequality
Chapter 6: Family and Child Welfare
Chapter 7: Health Care and Health Challenges
Chapter 8: Physical Challenges and Supportive Services
Chapter 9: Mental Health
Chapter 10: Substance Use and Addiction
Chapter 11: Challenges and Rewards of Aging
Chapter 12: Criminal Justice
Part Three: Working in Changing Contexts
Chapter 13: Communities At-Risk and Housing
Chapter 14: The Changing Workplace
Chapter 15: Veterans, Their Families, and Military Social Work
Chapter 16: Environmentalism
Chapter 17: Global and International Social Work


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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 your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring your courses.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • 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 you prepare for lectures and class discussions.
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  • 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.
  • A customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience.
  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives reinforce the most important material.
  • Interactive exercises and meaningful Web links facilitate student use of Internet resources, further exploration of topics, and responses to critical thinking questions.
  • 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.  

"I wish we had had this text when I was in my undergraduate social work program."

Marcia Shobe, University of Arkansas

“A well-balanced, action-oriented social work book that speaks to advocacy as the heart of the profession.”

Halaevalu F.O. Vakalahi, Morgan State University

“I can imagine students who have no knowledge of social work reading this text as a part of class and getting excited about the possibilities for the kind of work they could do.”

Alice Gates, University of Portland

“This is an incredibly readable text.”

John Q. Hodges, University of North Alabama

“The breadth of coverage is very good, from the basic areas of practice (children, aging, etc.) to ‘newer’ areas like global/international issues and environmentalism. The book’s discussion of international issues makes them seem relevant to today’s social workers wherever they are practicing, and this is an important contribution.”

Carol Jabs, Concordia University Chicago

I chose this book due to the updated nature of the text and nice mix of text, illustrations, thought provoking questions, and supplementary resources

Professor Kenneth Smythe-Leistico
Social Work, Seton Hill University
September 12, 2017

Text is clearly written and easy to follow. The discussion questions facilitates very good class discussions and helps the lecturer to determine the extent to which learning would have occurred.

Miss Monica Imelda Miller
Sociology/Social Work Unit, University of Guyana
September 4, 2016

I think my students will find the text as interesting and informative as I did.

Mr Vincent G Thomas
Behavioral Sciences Department, Black Hawk College-Quad Cities
October 2, 2016

This book is very relevant and easy to read. My students are grasping and understand the fundamentals of social work.

Ms Anda Roberts-Bryant
Social Science Div, Wilberforce University
August 10, 2016

This text provides a meaningful overview of the profession, as well as major social issues. I love the contemporary piece, like an opening with Brene Brown's TED Talk. I am teaching to "traditional" (18-22 year old) students, who I think will find the quick excerpts and online resources approachable and accessible.

Dr Jennifer Wilson
Social Behavioral Science Dept, Flagler College
December 23, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Visual Preface

Chapter 1

Chapter 4

Chapter 6

Lisa E. Cox

Lisa E. Cox, PhD, LCSW, MSW is Professor of Social Work and Gerontology in Stockton University’s School of Social & Behavioral Science, Social Work Program. Prior to 1999, Dr. Cox held a joint appointment at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of Medicine and School of Social Work. For eleven years Dr. Cox served as a pioneering AIDS clinical trial social workers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease-funded Terry Beirn Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS. Dr. Cox received BA degrees in history/political science and Spanish from Bridgewater College, and her Graduate Certificate in Aging... More About Author

Carolyn J. Tice

Carolyn J. Tice, DSW, ACSW, has been professor and associate dean of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program, School of Social Work, University of Maryland since July 2002. Her prior appointment was chair of the Department of Social Work, Ohio University, a position she held for 9 years. At Ohio University, she was the first recipient of the Presidential Teacher Award for outstanding teaching, advising, and mentoring. Currently, Dr. Tice teaches a first-year seminar and social welfare policy. She received her BSW from West Virginia University, her MSW from Temple University, and her DSW from the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked... More About Author

Dennis Delwin Long

Dennis D. Long, PhD, ACSW, is professor in and associate dean of the College of Professional Sciences, Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio). Dr. Long previously served as professor and chair of the Department of Social Work at Xavier University, and from 2006 to 2012 was a professor and chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received his BA in sociology and psychology from Ohio Northern University, his MSW from The Ohio State University, and his PhD in sociology from the University of Cincinnati. The coauthor of four other books and numerous articles, Dr. Long has focused his scholarship... More About Author