A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 242 pages
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This is a book to help social work, psychology, counseling and other human service students and professionals improve their writing. It is written without the use of complicated grammatical terms or complex rules that often confuse and discourage writers. Because it is written specifically for the human services, it contains chapters with examples on writing student papers, client reports, psychosocial histories, evaluations, professional papers, research reports, papers for mass audiences, requests for funding, letters to the editor, the use of the Internet in helping clients, the privacy rules of HIPAA, and the many other uses of writing by professionals. The book contains an easy-to-use chapter on the rules and application of APA Style and explains, in simple terms, when certain punctuation marks are needed and why the choice of certain words may give incorrect or vague meaning.
 

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Contents

Writing Is Just Talking With a Few Rules
1
Getting Started
13
Punctuation and Grammar
33
Using the Correct Word
49
The APA Crib Sheet
63
Plagiarism Proper Credit to Original Sources and the Role of Human Subjects Protection
77
Writing Objective Client Assessments
91
Business Letters Referrals Complaints Committee Minutes and Reference Letters
107
Writing the Research Report
149
Requesting Money
163
Writing for the Popular Press
175
Writing Course Outlines Professional Workshops and Brochures
193
Using the Internet and the Laws Governing Privacy HIPAA
211
How Writing Can Change Our Lives
221
Index
237
About the Author
241

Resumes and Cover Letters
123
Locating Relevant Information for Reports and Research Proposals
135

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Morley D. Glicken, ACSW, MSW, MPA, DSW, is professor emeritus in social work at California State University, San Bernardino and director of the Institute for Positive Growth: A Training Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Glicken is the former dean of the Worden School of Social Service; the founding director of the Master of Social Work program at California State University, San Bernardino; and the former director of the Master of Social Work program at the University of Alabama. He has held faculty positions in social work at the University of Kansas and Arizona State University. He 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. His eight published books include such diverse subjects as evidence-based practice, men's issues, social research, violence, and the strengths perspective. Dr. Glicken's website can be found at http://www.morleyglicken.com.

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