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© 2016,Kip Coggins offers a fresh perspective on social work as he discusses practices in Canada and the United States. This is the first book to discuss the skills and insights necessary for practicing social work in either country. The Practice of Social Work in North America provides readers witha thorough and sensitive look at the historical, cultural, and environmental contexts of social work practice with individuals, groups, and in larger settings. The book includes in-depth presentations of the theories upon which social work practice is based, but encourages readers to continuouslyevaluate the application of these approaches in light of evolving practice issues. Alternative views and voices-including those of minority populations, Indigenous Peoples, and socially diverse groups-further social work knowledge and skill development to reflect contemporary social change. This is a book that students will use throughout their education and careers-from introduction, to field practicum, to their first years as a professional.
© 2015,People all over the world are confronted by issues such as poverty, a lack of access to quality education, unaffordable and or inadequate housing, and a lack of needed health and mental services on a daily basis. Due to these issues, there is a need for social workers who have access torelevant and timely scholarly materials in order to meet the needs of those facing these issues. The social, psychological, and biological factors resulting from these issues determine the level of a person's mental health at any given point in time and it is necessary for social workers to continueto evolve and develop to the new faces and challenges of the times in order to adequately understand the effects of these issues.In the first and second editions of the Social Workers' Desk Reference, the changes that were occurring in social work practice, education, and research were highlighted and focused upon. This third edition continues in the same tradition and continues to respond to the changes occurring in societyand how they are impacting the education, research, and practice of social work as a whole. With 159 chapters collaboratively written by luminaries in the profession, this third edition serves as a comprehensive guide to social work practice by providing the most recent conceptual knowledge andempirical evidence to aid in the understanding of the rapidly changing field of social work. Each chapter is short and contains practical information in addition to websites and updated references. Social work practitioners, educators, students, and other allied professionals can utilize the SocialWorkers' Desk Reference to gain interdisciplinary and interprofessional education, practice, and research.
© 2016,Reader friendly and clear, Rubin and Babbie's concise and social work-specific research methods book provides readers with the tools they need to understand the subject matter. Illustrations and examples throughout show readers how they can apply research to practice. Outlines, introductions, boxed features, chapter endings with main points, and review questions and exercises provide the information and practice readers need to learn the essentials. As part of the Cengage Empowerment Series, ESSENTIAL RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL WORK, 4th Edition, thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the current Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
© 2014,Autoethnography is an innovative approach to inquiry in which the researcher is also the subject of the research. Using scholarly and literary devices, the researcher/subject explores the social and cultural contexts of meaningful life experiences and their implications for the present. Eschewing the restrictions of conventional research writing, autoethnography generates substantial and meaningful knowledge for social workers and professionals in related fields. Researchers describe social issues from the inside out, producing narratives that reflect the messy, experiential encounters of everyday life. This collection illustrates the value of autoethnography as an inquiry approach for social work practice and how it can provide substantive information about topics germane to social workers. Engaging and erudite, the selections demonstrate that accessible writing and the complex rendering of lived experiences can coexist and move readers in meaningful ways. Contributors showcase the ambiguities, doubts, contradictions, insights, tensions, and epiphanies that accompany their experiences. Covering such topics as international adoption, cross-dressing, divorce, cultural competence, life-threatening illness, and transformative change, this anthology provides a readable and unique example of an exciting new trend in qualitative research.