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Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare Critical Thinking Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0495002445
ISBN-13: 9780495002444
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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Description: Karen K. Kirst-Ashman's introductory text enhances students' ability to grasp the essence and spirit of generalist social work and the issues in social welfare that social workers address everyday. Intended to give students contemplating a career in  More...

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Book details

List price: $152.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/2/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 560
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman's introductory text enhances students' ability to grasp the essence and spirit of generalist social work and the issues in social welfare that social workers address everyday. Intended to give students contemplating a career in social work a solid introduction to the profession, Kirst-Ashman presents a balanced, introductory look at the profession, practice concepts, social welfare policy concepts, the history and current concerns of the profession of social work, contexts and populations served, and student development. The book also presents a unifying theme of critical thinking, intended to train students to be more evaluative of key concepts in social work from the very commencement of their interest in this potential career.

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman is Professor Emerita and former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles, and reviews on social work and women's issues. She also has served as a consulting editor on many social work journals. Dr. Kirst-Ashman was a board member of the CSWE from 1998 to 2001 and has served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor on various occasions. She is certified as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Wisconsin and has been the recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her BSW degree in 1972 and MSSW degree in 1973 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Profession of Social Work
Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
Social Work Values and Ethics
Empowerment and Human Diversity
Social Work Practice
The Process of Generalist Practice
Practice Settings
Social Welfare Policy
An Overview of Social Welfare and Social Work History
Policy, Policy Analysis, and Policy Advocacy: Foundations for Service Provision
Policies and Programs To Combat Poverty
Client Populations and Contexts
Social Work and Services for Children and Families
Social Work and Services for the Elderly
Social Work and Services for Persons with Disabilities
Social Work and Services in Health Care
Social Work and Services in Mental Health
Social Work and Services with Youth and in the Schools
Social Work and the Criminal Justice System
Epilogue: Your Values And Your Future - Applying Critical Thinking Skills

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