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Empowerment Series: An Introduction to the Profession of Social Work 5th Edition

Elizabeth A. Segal | Karen E. Gerdes | Sue Steiner

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Overview

The fifth edition of EMPOWERMENT SERIES: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION OF SOCIAL WORK helps students understand the role that social work plays. The authors' experiential approach inspires interest in social work careers. Case studies, personal stories, and exercises help students apply the concepts and understand what it means to be a social worker. The resource encourages knowledge-building and self-exploration skills. This edition integrates the core competencies and recommended practices outlined in the most recent Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Elizabeth A. Segal, Arizona State University

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, Arizona State University

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, California State University Chico

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.

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  • Brief questions interspersed in chapters, end-of-chapter discussion questions, and experiential/self-exploration exercises make this a combination workbook and textbook that provides students with ample tools to apply the text concepts.
  • Numerous case studies help students apply the concepts and explore their understanding of the profession. The book's appendices provide students with useful resources, such as the NASW Code of Ethics and a list of relevant websites.
  • Chapter 14, “Crisis, Trauma, and Disasters,” addresses such challenges as mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters, which bring the unpredictability of our world to the forefront of social work services.
  • The fifth edition addresses the most recent EPAS requirements. 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 the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Material on values and ethics appears throughout the book.
  • The chapter on poverty appears early in the text (in Chapter 3) to provide a foundation for the rest of the content.
  • The chapter on modes of intervention (Generalist Social Work Practice appearing as Chapter 6) reflects a generalist approach, which is more accessible and meaningful to introductory students.
  • “Personal Stories” provide practitioners' first-hand accounts and experiences taken from their lives as social workers.
  • “What Do You Think,” “More About,” “Point of View,” and “From the Field” inserts invite readers to think more deeply about the content at hand.

Empowerment Series: An Introduction to the Profession of Social Work

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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.
Appendix B: Web Resources.
Glossary.

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