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Human Services in Contemporary America, 9th Edition

  • William R. Burger Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York
  • ISBN-10: 1285083660  |  ISBN-13: 9781285083667
  • 384 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2004
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

Reflecting the latest policy and practice changes, HUMAN SERVICES IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, 9th Edition delivers a thorough examination of human services--providing students with an insightful, realistic portrayal of the field. Using a unique multidisciplinary approach, the book offers a complete overview of the helping field, its available programs, and the practical skills workers can employ. It also illustrates how recent governmental policy shifts affect the way human services professionals work. The text is renowned for the way it presents the history and practice of human services through the lens of a social problems and policy perspective. Throughout, the author helps readers understand how social, economic, and political issues affect human service workers as well as the people they serve. Practical and relevant to today's students, the text is packed with captivating, real-life examples that highlight personal experiences as well as options available to legislators (such as national health care). It also offers insightful information on selected careers within the field, including training and licensing requirements.

Features and Benefits

  • The text illustrates how current governmental policy shifts have affected the way human services professionals work, discusses what resources are available, and explains how organizations function--providing students with valuable insight.
  • Current, comprehensive, and packed with real-world examples that bring chapter concepts to life, HUMAN SERVICES IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, 9th Edition thoroughly examines the skills necessary for effective human services work.
  • Author Dr. William Burger explores the ways in which social programs have become the focus of intense political controversy, and examines the reasons why programs such as welfare are cited as the cause of societal problems rather than a solution for them.
  • Outlines, case studies, dialogues, tables, and examples promote discussion and sharpen students' capacity to think critically about various issues. They also give readers hands-on experience grappling with human services issues and dilemmas from real-world practice.
  • First-person "Day in the Life" accounts of typical days in the lives of human services professionals give readers a feel for what it is really like working in the field.
  • Discussions of multicultural awareness help students understand the importance of cultural considerations when working with various clients.

Table of Contents

1. Human Services in the United States Today.
2. Groups in Need.
3. Human Services in Historical Perspective.
4. Theoretical Perspectives.
5. The Human Services Worker.
6. Careers in Human Services.
7. Social Policy.
8. Prevention in Human Services.
9. Current Controversies and Issues.

What's New

  • Completely revised and updated, the Ninth Edition offers the most current coverage available. Special attention is given to the policy and practice issues that have developed in the field over the last three years.
  • New and updated topics include sustainable food distribution, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS research, and the 2012 presidential election and related policy issues.
  • In addition, revised coverage of PTSD highlights the experiences of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • This edition incorporates new terminology in alignment with current practice (i.e., "developmental and intellectual disabilities" versus "mental retardation").

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

William R. Burger

William R. Burger is a Full Professor at The City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College. He has served as the Chairperson of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Human Services and formerly served as the Director of the Mental Health and Human Services Program. Dr. Burger has developed and taught a range of Human Services courses, has been a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities, and has written guest articles for various newspapers. He is a well-known figure within the Human Services field.