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

Charles Zastrow

ISBN-13: 9781305388338 | ISBN-10: 130538833x

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 640 pages

List Price USD $199.95


Offering a contemporary, comprehensive overview of the Social Work profession, Zastrow's bestselling INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE: EMPOWERING PEOPLE gives you a glimpse into contemporary society with a realistic view of social problems. By presenting positive strategies in the context of the core values, ethics, skills, and knowledge base of today's professional social worker, Zastrow encourages you to think critically about new and workable ways to solve problems and empower clients. Case studies, exhibits and tables on social problems give you hands-on experience applying concepts and comparing and contrasting important issues. The twelfth edition includes comprehensive Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) core content that aligns with the latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), as well as insightful coverage of new and emerging issues, making it the number one book for social work students.

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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).

  • MindTap® Social Work prepares students to be empowered, responsive advocates. Students track their progress through an intentional learning path that leads them toward licensure and professional practice.
  • New topics include major mental disorders in DSM-5; mindfulness; asset-based community development; gender identity; practice considerations and services for LGBTQ persons; dimensions of sexuality (biological, gender, and sexual orientation); suggestions for social work students to work against oppression of LGBTQ persons; movement toward legalizing the possession and use of marijuana in some states; elder abuse; The Affordable Care Act; the increase in terrorism in recent years; the Common Core Standards in education; and the key therapeutic change agent in counseling/psychotherapy.
  • Every chapter of the twelfth edition is updated to include the most current information available. Revisions also assure that the content aligns with the CSWE's 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking Questions are interspersed throughout the text to engage students in exploring the practices and policies of social work.

Table of Contents

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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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