Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation (New Directions in Social Work)

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Like the first edition of Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation, this edition introduces students to the knowledge, skills, and values that are essential for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a variety of practice settings. With updated demographic, statistical, legislative, policy, and research information; sensitive discussions of contemporary ethical issues; and new first-person narratives from social workers in a variety of fields, the second edition provides an up-to-date profile of the world in which today’s social workers practice. At www.routledgesw.com/intro, you will find a wealth of resources to help you create a dynamic, experiential introduction to social work for your students.

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Marla Berg-Weger is a professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University, Missouri, and serves as the Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School for Professional Studies. Dr. Berg-Weger holds social work degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Her social work practice experience includes public social welfare services, domestic violence services, mental health, and medical social work.

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"Our entire faculty is pleased with the previous edition, and we have already agreed to adopt the new one upon release. The examples bring home the realities of actual social work practice (What exactly do social workers DO? is a question we often get in Intro). Keep up the good work."―Beth Walker, Western New Mexico University

"Berg-Weger does an excellent job of unpacking complicated concepts of social welfare by intertwining them with social work practice. The author utilizes the voices of social work practitioners to explain the challenges, the joys, and the variety inherent in the profession of social work."―Carla Mueller, Lindenwood University

"Students exploring social work will benefit from this comprehensive and highly engaging text. The portrayals of one worker’s multi-faceted experiences highlight social work values, roles, skills, and knowledge base. The author skillfully describes the history and context of social work and social welfare and the opportunities and challenges for tomorrow’s social workers."―Joy Ernst, Hood College

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