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Empowerment Series: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People 12th Edition

Charles Zastrow

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EMPOWERMENT SERIES; INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE: EMPOWERING PEOPLE is the most comprehensive resource available. In addition to giving readers an overview of the profession, it offers a realistic view of social problems in contemporary society. By presenting positive strategies in the context of the core values, ethics, skills, and knowledge base of today's social worker, Zastrow encourages students to think critically about methods for empowering clients. Case studies, exhibits and tables help students apply concepts and compare and contrast issues. This twelfth edition aligns with the latest EPAS (2015) from CSWE.

Charles Zastrow, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Emeritus Professor

Charles Zastrow, MSW, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he chaired the Social Work Department for six years. He has also been the Assistant Director and Professor in the Social Work Program at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin, Dr. Zastrow has worked as a practitioner for various agencies, chaired social work accreditation site visit teams for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and served on the Commission on Accreditation of CSWE. He also was a member of the BPD board. A leader in social work education and a bestselling author, Dr. Zastrow has written more than 45 articles in professional journals as well as nine books, including four other textbooks: THE GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS, and UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (with Dr. Karen Kirst-Ashman).

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  • With its unique social problems approach, this cutting-edge text describes how people are affected by such problems as poverty, child abuse, emotional difficulties, sexism, alcoholism, crime, and discrimination, to name a few. It also offers information on the nature, extent, and causes of such problems. Presenting both sides of major social issues, Zastrow provides even and balanced coverage to give students greater understanding and insight into the issues.
  • Zastrow's adept use of practical cases, exhibits, and tables helps clarify chapter concepts. Integrated case examples help students identify with people and situations that they will likely encounter as a social worker, while text exhibits help them compare and contrast or learn opposing views of issues.
  • Critical Thinking Questions are interspersed throughout the text to engage students in exploring the practices and policies of social work.
  • Content is organized around three additional themes to aid understanding and give students insight into real-world practice to prepare them for their careers: generalist practice (how to counsel individuals and groups, how to develop new services, and how to improve existing community services); ecological perspectives (the biological, psychological, and sociological influences on human behavior); and real-life experience (via "day in the life" vignettes of social workers).
  • A brief historical review of the development of social welfare, social work, and various social services equips students with a solid background on social work. Zastrow also integrates key social work issues throughout, including the strengths perspective, international perspectives, spirituality, populations-at-risk, and ethnic-sensitive social work practice.

Empowerment Series: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People


1. Social Welfare: Its Business, History, and Future.
2. Social Work as a Profession and a Career.
3. Generalist Social Work Practice.
4. Poverty and Public Welfare.
5. Emotional/Behavioral Problems and Counseling.
6. Family Problems and Services to Families.
7. Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Individuals.
8. Drug Abuse and Drug Treatment Programs.
9. Crime, Juvenile Delinquency, and Correctional Services.
10. Problems in Education and School Social Work.
11. Work-Related Problems and Social Work in the Workplace.
12. Racism, Ethnocentrism, and Strategies for Advancing Social and Economic Justice.
13. Sexism and Efforts for Achieving Equality.
14. Aging and Gerontological Services.
15. Health Problems and Medical Social Services.
16. Physical and Mental Disabilities and Rehabilitation.
17. Overpopulation, Misuse of the Environment, and Family Planning.

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