Social Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Social Welfare, Social Issues, and the Profession (2nd Revised edition)

Social Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Social Welfare, Social Issues, and the Profession (2nd Revised edition)

By: Morley D. Glicken (author)Hardback

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A student-friendly introduction to the field of social work, social welfare, and the profession of social work, social issues, and social welfare Designed to get students excited about the profession and thinking critically about what social workers do and how they operate within the larger system, this Second Edition explores social issues in the United States, looks at how the social welfare system attempts to resolve these issues, and considers the many roles assumed by professional social workers within the social welfare system. This edition offers new and revised coverage throughout and reflects recent current events, including the historic 2008 presidential election, catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake, and government responses.

About Author

Dr. Morley D. Glicken is the former Dean of the Worden School of Social Service in San Antonio; the founding director of the Master of Social Work Department at California State University, San Bernardino; the past Director of the Master of Social Work Program at the University of Alabama; and the former Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Greater Tucson. He has also held faculty positions in social work at the University of Kansas and Arizona State University. He currently teaches in the Department of Social Work at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Glicken received his BA degree in social work with a minor in psychology from the University of North Dakota and holds an Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and the Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Social Work degrees from the University of Utah. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity. In 2010, Praeger Press published his books on workaholism and retirement and another on mature love. In 2009, Praeger Press published his book A Simple Guide to Retirement (with Brian Haas). Elsevier, Inc. published his books Evidence-Based Practice with Troubled Children and Adolescents: A Psychosocial Perspective and, Evidence Based Counseling and Psychotherapy with an Aging Population, also in 2009. In 2008 he published A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals for Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. In 2006 he published Life Lessons from Resilient People, published by Sage Publications. He published Working with Troubled Men: A Practitioner's Guide for Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers in 2005 and Improving the Effectiveness of the Helping Professions: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice in 2004 for Sage Publications. In 2003 he published Violent Young Children, and Understanding and Using the Strengths Perspective for Allyn and Bacon/Longman Publishers. Dr. Glicken published two books for Allyn and Bacon/Longman Publishers in 2002: The Role of the Helping Professions in the Treatment of Victims and Perpetrators of Crime (with Dale Sechrest) and, A Simple Guide to Social Research. Dr Glicken has published over 50 articles in professional journals and has written extensively on personnel issues for Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal. He has held clinical social work licenses in Alabama and Kansas and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Social Work at California State University, San Bernardino and Executive Director of the Institute for Personal Growth: A Research, Treatment, and Training Institute in Prescott, Arizona offering consulting services in counseling, research, and management. More information about Dr. Glicken may be obtained on his website: A listing of all of his books may be found on at: and he can be contacted by email at:


Preface PART I: SOCIAL PROBLEMS, THE SOCIAL WELFARE SYSTEM, AND THE ROLE OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORK 1. An Introduction to Social Problems, Social Welfare Organizations, and the Profession of Social Work 2. A Brief History of Social Work: From the English Poor Laws to the Progressive Policies of President Barak Obama 3.The Social Work Process 4. Professional Social Work Practice: The Sophisticated Generalist 5. Social Work Education 6.The Importance of Critical Thinking and Research in Social Work Practice PART II: PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKERS RESPOND TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN RELATED WORK SETTINGS 7. The Economically and Socially Disadvantaged: Professional Social Work in the Public and Private Social Welfare Systems 8. Children in Difficulty: The Child Welfare System and Professional Social Work With Abused, Neglected, and Emotionally Troubled Children and Their Families 9. The Education System in America and the Role of School Social Workers 10. Troubled Families: The Social Welfare Safety Net and Professional Social Work With Families Experiencing Financial, Emotional, and Social Difficulties 11. Problems in the Workplace: Work-Related Helping Organizations and the Role of Industrial Social Work 12. Problems of Crime and Violence: The Legal System and the Role of Forensic Social Work 13.The Graying of America: Helping Organizations With Older Adults and the Role of Social Workers in Gerontology 14. Serious Emotional Problems and Mental Illness: Helping Organizations and the Role of Clinical Social Work 15. Health Problems, Disabilities, Death and Dying, and Access to Care: The Many Roles of Medical Social Workers 16. A Society With Serious Substance Abuse Problems: The Helping Organizations and the Role of Social Workers in Treating and Preventing Alcohol and Drug Abuse PART III: INTERNATIONAL ISSUES AND THE ROLES OF SOCIAL WORK 17. Immigration: Xenophobia, the Organizations Helping New Immigrants, and Social Work's Role in Smoothing Transitions to the United States 18. Natural Disasters, Terrorism, and Random Violence: Helping Organizations and the Role of Social Work in Treating Victims in Crisis 19. International Social Problems: The Helping Organizations and the Roles of International Social Workers 20. Medical, Social, and Emotional Problems in the Military: The Veterans Administration and Military Social Work PART IV: KEY ELEMENTS IN COMBATING SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND ACHIEVING SOCIAL JUSTICE 21. The Problems Faced by Diverse Populations: The Helping Organizations and Culturally Sensitive Social Work Practice 22. The Role of Social Work and Social Welfare Organizations in Developing Healthy Community Life: Building Better Communities Through Community Organizing 23. The Impact of Religion and Spirituality on the Social and Emotional Lives of Americans: Religiously Affiliated Social Service Institutions and the Role of Social Work 24. Achieving Social Justice Through Organizational Change: Social Work Adminstrations, Social Justice, and the Public Social Sevices System 25. Achieving Social Justice Through Social Policy Initiatives 26. Potential Social Problems in the 21st Century and the Future Directions for Social Welfare and Social Work Appendix: Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers References Index About the Author

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  • ISBN13: 9781412975780
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 696
  • ID: 9781412975780
  • weight: 1280
  • ISBN10: 1412975786
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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