Lifting Our Voices: The Journeys Into Family Caregiving of Professional Social Workers

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Joyce Octavia Beckett
Columbia University Press, 2008 - Medical - 352 pages
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Lifting Our Voices is the only book to explore the dual roles of professional social workers who are also family caregivers and the only collection on caregiving in which the majority of contributors are African American. After discussing the relevant literature, Lifting Our Voices vividly and sensitively presents the caregiving experiences of ten professional social workers. Using professional and theoretical knowledge and skills, each contributor draws implications for various levels of social work and human service interventions. These poignant descriptions and analyses recount both the frustrations and barriers of negotiating social service agencies and other institutions and the joys and triumphs of family caregiving. Lifting Our Voices frankly discusses how a professional education either prepares or fails to equip an individual with the skills for successful intervention on behalf of a loved one. Contributors hail from rich and varied backgrounds, revealing the importance of age, ethnicity, gender, marital status, and gerontological expertise in the practice of family caregiving.

These essays explore situations rarely reported on in the literature, such as caregivers and care recipients who represent the lifespan from preschool to retirement. Lifting Our Voices graphically describes types of caregiving that are seldom discussed, including simultaneous caregiving to multiple family members and reciprocal and sequential caregiving, thus broadening and refining the very concepts of "caregiving" and "family."

  

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Contents

Caregiving
1
Career Caregiving for Parents
43
Fostering Resilience
73
The Birth of a Gerontological
101
Caring for My Mother
134
Caring
163
Four Phases of Caregiving
194
Aunt Doriss Moves
223
Caring for My Mother
255
Social Worker Husband as Caregiver of Social Worker Wife
286
Career Caregiving
307
Index
345
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Joyce O. Beckett is professor emerita of the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her A.B. from Temple University and her M.S.S. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College, and completed her postdoctoral studies in gerontology at Duke University. Her professional career spans almost forty years and includes clinical work in a variety of agency settings and private practice.

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