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ISBN-13 9780205628575ISBN-10 0205628575
ISBN-10 0205498078ISBN-13 9780205498079
Author(s): Joan M. Borst,
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2010 Pages: 304

Written in a biopsychosocial and strengths based perspective, this text is a stand alone for teaching the integration of policy, practice and professionalism for social workers in the field of health care. The text is also great as a supplement for a policy or practice course for social work students and shows the connection between multiple content areas.

This text is organized in a logical and comprehensive manner that leads a social work student through health care policy, practice and professionalism. Students are offered examples from policy and practice setting that encourages them to identify with the practicing professional. Patients and their families and friends are made real as students read about how individuals experience the loss of health or independence. Issues of diversity are promoted and recognized as key in the perspective of the social work professional, health care team members, the patient, caregivers and the health settings.  The biopsychosocial perspective teaches students to respect a variety of ways of coping and ways to culturally assess and approach intervention. Each chapter begins with the reading and learning goals and ends with critical thinking questions to encourage students to personally connect with the material. Written in a strengths based perspective, students are challenged to view both their limitations and contributions to the health of others in the field of health care.