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Introduction to Social Work

Introduction to Social Work
An Advocacy-Based Profession

Third Edition

September 2021 | 680 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The award-winning Introduction to Social Work: An Advocacy-Based Profession takes students on an exploration of what social work is, what it was historically, and how to be an effective advocate as a social worker moving forward. Built on a unique advocacy practice and policy model comprised of four components—economic and social justice, a supportive environment, human needs and rights, and political access—the book provides a crucial lens for viewing today’s social issues. Best-selling authors Lisa E. Cox, Carolyn J. Tice, and Dennis D. Long emphasize advocacy throughout all sectors of social work, with a focus on environmental, international, and military social work. The Third Edition closely aligns with the latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); references the 2018 Code of Ethics from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); and includes profound discussions of societal impacts on areas of public health, policy, juvenile justice, race, inequality, social movements, and self-care.

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Part I: Understanding Social Work
Chapter 1: The Social Work Profession
Chapter 2: The History of Social Work
Chapter 3: Generalist Social Work Practice
Chapter 4: Advocacy in Social Work
Part II: Responding to Need
Chapter 5: Poverty and Inequality
Chapter 6: Family and Child Welfare
Chapter 7: Health Care and Health Challenges
Chapter 8: Physical, Cognitive, and Developmental Challenges
Chapter 9: Mental Health
Chapter 10: Substance Use and Addiction
Chapter 11: Helping Older Adults
Chapter 12: Criminal Justice
Part III: Working in Changing Contexts
Chapter 13: Communities at Risk and Housing
Chapter 14: The Changing Workplace
Chapter 15: Veterans, Service Members, Their Families, and Military Social Work
Chapter 16: Environmentalism
Chapter 17: International Social Work


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Comprehensive intro book that does everything I need

Tina Timm
School Of Social Work, Michigan State University
January 17, 2023