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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives, 4th Edition

  • Karen K. Kirst-Ashman University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • ISBN-10: 0840028660  |  ISBN-13: 9780840028662
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2003
  • © 2013 | Published
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About

Overview

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman's introductory book enhances the reader's ability to grasp the essence and spirit of generalist social work and the issues in social welfare that social workers address every day. Giving those contemplating a career in social work a solid introduction to the profession, Kirst-Ashman presents a balanced introductory look within a unifying theme of critical thinking that trains readers to be more evaluative of key concepts. The topics covered include practice concepts, social welfare policy concepts, history and current state of the profession, the contexts of practice and populations served, and professional development.

Features and Benefits

  • Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter are organized alphabetically and reinforced clearly throughout the text and in the test materials available in the instructor's resources. This change represents a new emphasis on student learning outcomes and demonstration of core competencies as strongly recommended by CSWE.
  • In Chapter 1, Karen Kirst-Ashman presents the "AAA Model," which instructs students to "Ask questions, Assess the established facts and issues, and Assert a concluding opinion." By following this model, which provides a framework for the text as a whole, students learn how to approach concepts critically.
  • Themes integrated throughout the text include the pursuit of social and economic justice for populations at risk; client empowerment; dimensions of human diversity; the significance of professional values and ethics; a generalist approach interrelating micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work practice; and the inclusion of various global and international perspectives.
  • Kirst-Ashman includes such CSWE-mandated areas as diversity, empowerment, social justice, and ethics, thus ensuring that students are well prepared to enter the world of social work.
  • By encouraging students to identify values and evaluate serious issues, Kirst-Ashman helps them develop critical-thinking perspectives on important topics.
  • Features such as the "Focus on Critical Thinking" boxes highlight engaging topics that will draw students into the discussion at hand.

Table of Contents

Part 1: THE PROFESSION OF SOCIAL WORK.
1. Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare.
2. Social Work Values and Ethics.
3. Empowerment and Human Diversity.
Part 2: SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.
4 The Process of Generalist Practice.
5. Practice Settings.
Part 3: SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY.
6. An Overview of Social Welfare and Social Work History.
7. Policy, Policy Analysis, Policy Practice, and Policy Advocacy: Foundations for Service Provision.
8. Policies and Programs to Combat Poverty.
Part 4: CLIENT POPULATIONS AND CONTEXTS.
9. Social Work and Services for Children and Families.
10. Social Work and Services for Older Adults.
11. Social Work and Services for People with Disabilities.
12. Social Work and Services in Health Care.
13. Social Work and Services in Mental Health.
14. Social Work and Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence.
15. Social Work and Services for Youths and in the Schools.
16. Social Work and Services in the Criminal Justice System.
Epilogue: Your Values and Your Future: Applying Critical Justice System.
References.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

What's New

  • This edition is thoroughly up to date with the most recent EPAS requirements. NEW Helping Hands icons within the chapters and end-of-chapter Competency Notes spotlight text coverage of the required Core Competencies and recommended Practice Behaviors detailed by CSWE's new EPAS 2008.
  • The book has been thoroughly updated with new content, including an extended discussion of social work with military personnel and veterans, as well as new examples and coverage of discussion of policy and practice with immigrant and migrant populations.
  • Chapter 1 contains new material on the examination of the concept of sustainability.
  • Chapter 2 features an additional example of a strategy of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions and material on ethical conflicts for military social workers during combat.
  • Chapter 3 now includes a highlight summarizing the definitions of terms characterizing diversity, examination of the concept of intersectionality, updated statistics on the economic status of African Americans and women, added new material on Klinefelter's syndrome, and added discussion of terms often used in connection with the word "Muslim," including "Arab American" and "Middle Eastern."
  • Chapter 4 has added material on the use of consultation, the negotiator role, professional identity and conduct and the concept of sustainability, and the process and practice of social work.
  • Chapter 5 contains a new case example of a dual relationship in a rural community where a strategy is applied to arrive at ethical decisions; new content on practice with individuals involving interviewing; additional content on treatment groups; new content on task groups, including staff development groups, cabinets, boards of directors, and coalitions; new content on practice with organizations and communities including "social advocacy," "planning and policy practice," and "community capacity development" (Rothman, 2007, p. 12); and updated categories for NASW Professional Social Work Credentials and Advanced Practice Specialty Credentials.
  • Chapter 6 has added material on The Voting Rights Act of 1965, the "housing bubble" and Great Recession, people living in poverty and their problems with credit, and Barack Obama's presidency.
  • Chapter 7 has a new case example demonstrating innovative policy practice.
  • Chapter 8 has additional and revised content on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • Chapter 9 offers updated coverage of gay marriage, including new content on the international picture; new content on psychological maltreatment; added material on assessment of family strengths and resiliency in child maltreatment cases; and new content on cultural competence, including questions that investigate the cultural perspectives of children and their families.
  • Chapter 10 now features discussion of the empowerment perspective for working with older adults that incorporates values and goals, in addition to exploring and providing case examples of active aging, an example of adult day care for Chinese Americans, and a new case example portraying social work roles.
  • Chapter 11 contains updated use of language for people with intellectual disabilities, new and expanded content on autistic spectrum disorders, and discussion of individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.
  • Additional material on the relationship between social class and health care, discussion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and new HIV testing and treatment approaches has been added to Chapter 12.
  • Chapter 13 now includes significantly expanded coverage concerning veterans with PTSD, updated and new content on anorexia and bulimia, and summaries of existential, person-centered, and behavior therapy.
  • Chapter 14 on substance use, abuse, and dependence offers additional information on GHB, a "date rape drug," as well as a summary of AA's 12 steps.
  • Chapter 15 offers additional material about advocacy for culturally competent policies and practices in school, advocacy on the behalf of refugee and immigrant students, advantages of running groups in schools, protective factors that decrease the risk of school violence, new statistics on youth violence, bullying and cyberbullying, and updated statistics on teen sexual activity.
  • Updated crime statistics, additional content on domestic violence including emotional abuse, and new content on working with gangs have been added to Chapter 16.

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Cengage Advantage Books: Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives  (ISBN-10: 1133372031 | ISBN-13: 9781133372035)

Intended for the Introduction to Social Work/Social Welfare course found in programs of social work at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This course can also be found in human service and sociology departments.

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This innovative, all-new practice-oriented workbook includes experiential learning exercises explicitly aligned to the practice behaviors recommended in the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The workbook encourages students to begin developing their skills with social work practice behaviors through case-based exercises, short answer ethical questions, critical-thinking questions, and role-play exercises in class or as activity assignments to be done outside of class. Each exercise is linked to specific practice behaviors, and each chapter is followed by an assessment rubric to be completed by the student, a peer evaluator, or their instructor, to foster accountability.

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Cengage Learning's Social Work CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, quizzes, flashcards, and more, and EngagementTracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. The accompanying instructor website offers access to password-protected resources such as an electronic version of the instructor's manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint® slides.

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Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows students to build skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

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Cengage Advantage Books: Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives  (ISBN-10: 1133372031 | ISBN-13: 9781133372035)

Designed to give you a solid introduction to the profession of social work, INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE helps you understand the issues that social workers address every day. Using clear, engaging prose, author Kirst-Ashman presents a balanced overview within a unifying theme of critical thinking that will train you to be more evaluative of key concepts. In addition, studying is made easy with the Book Companion Website, which provides you with opportunities to complete self-assessments as well as pre- and post-tests for each chapter. Thoughtful case studies found throughout the text show you what social-work practice looks like in different contexts and with different populations.

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Practice Behaviors Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1133354998 | ISBN-13: 9781133354994)

This innovative, all-new practice-oriented workbook includes experiential learning exercises explicitly aligned to the practice behaviors recommended in the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The workbook encourages you to begin developing your skills with social work practice behaviors through case-based exercises, short-answer ethical questions, critical-thinking questions, and role-play exercises in class or as activity assignments to be done outside of class. Each exercise is linked to specific practice behaviors, and each chapter is followed by an assessment rubric to be completed by you, a peer evaluator, or your instructor, to foster accountability.

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Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495500879 | ISBN-13: 9780495500872)

Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows you to build your skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman

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 on the Editorial Board of AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, and as a consulting editor for many social work journals including the Journal of Social Work Education. Dr. Kirst-Ashman has been a member on the Board of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor on various occasions. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. She has been the recipient of both the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her BSW degree and MSSW degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies.