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ISBN-10 0205624057ISBN-13 9780205624058
ISBN-10 0-205-56939-0ISBN-13 978-0-205-56939-7
Author(s): Mary Ann Suppes; Carolyn Cressy Wells
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2009 Pages: 640

The Social Work Experience: An Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare helps students understand how social workers use their professional expertise to help people solve a wide variety of problems and improve their lives.  It introduces the profession of social work and its fields of practice. Each chapter begins with a real case study that illustrates geralist social work practice; the same case study is woven throughout the chapter, helping students apply the theoretical content with a real life situation that social workers encounter.

The fifth edition contains three major parts:

The first part, Social Work and its Context, introduces professional social work, discusses theoretical perspectives for generalist practice, and guides students in their understanding of poverty and populations-at-risk.   

The second part, Professional Practice Settings, offers an in-depth discussion of eight fields of practice: family and children’s services, mental health, health care, schools, substance abuse, older adult services, criminal justice, and developmental disabilities.  

The third and final part of the text, A Look to the Future, views the future of the profession through the eyes of futurists and highlights the challenges and opportunities that await social workers.