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An Introduction to the Profession of Social Work, 6e

Author(s): Elizabeth A. Segal | Karen E. Gerdes | Sue Steiner

ISBN: 9789353507688

Edition: 6th

© Year : 2019


Binding: Paperback

Pages: 548

Trim Size : 241 x 181 mm

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Get an overview of the social work profession and learn about the role of the social worker in the social welfare system with Segal, Gerdes and Steiner's text. Through case studies, personal stories and exercises, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION OF SOCIAL WORK helps you apply concepts as well as understand what social workers do, what they need to know and the issues they face..

  • Brief questions interspersed in chapters, end-of-chapter discussion questions and experiential/self-exploration exercises
  • Case studies help students apply the concepts and explore their understanding of the profession
  • Boxed features give students deeper information about specific aspects of the social work profession, including types of practice and crucial skills
  • Each chapter's content is aligned to learning objectives, which help to articulate the knowledge and competencies identified in the accreditation standards.

1. What Is Social Work?

2. The History of the Social Welfare System and the Social Work Profession.

3. Poverty and Economic Disparity.

4. Human Rights and Social and Economic Justice.

5. Dimensions of Diversity.

6. Generalist Social Work Practice.

7. Child Welfare: Working with Children and Their Families.

8. Gerontology: Working with People Who Are Older.

9. Health Care Services.

10. Mental Health Services.

11. School Social Work.

12. Substance Abuse.

13. Violence, Victims, and Criminal Justice.

14. Crisis, Trauma, and Disasters.

Appendix A: NASW Code of Ethics.


Elizabeth A. Segal

Elizabeth A. Segal is a Professor in Arizona State University's School of Social Work. Along with this text, Dr. Segal has multiple publications, including a social welfare policy text and numerous journal articles. She is a co-founder and editor emeritus of the Journal of Poverty. Her areas of research and interest include inequality, social justice and social empathy.


Karen E. Gerdes

Karen Gerdes is Professor Emeritus at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. Her research interests include empathy, empathy measurement and conation. Many of Dr. Gerdes' 36 publications focus on how students learn and process information. She was recognized with a university-wide Faculty Achievement Award as an Outstanding Professor in Undergraduate Education in 2010.


Sue Steiner

Sue Steiner is Professor at California State University, Chico School of Social Work. Her areas of interest include macro practice/community organizing, social welfare policy and teaching effectiveness. She is a coauthor of a book on self-care in social work and has published articles in numerous journals.