Human Services in Contemporary America

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Cengage Learning, Feb 17, 2010 - Psychology - 384 pages
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Reflecting the latest policy and practice changes, HUMAN SERVICES IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, 8e delivers a thorough examination of human services -- providing students with an insightful, realistic portrayal of the field. Using a unique multidisciplinary approach, the book offers a complete overview of the helping field, its available programs, and the practical skills workers can employ. It also illustrates how recent governmental policy shifts impact the way human services professionals work. HUMAN SERVICES is renowned for the way it presents the history and practice of human services through the lens of a social problems and policy perspective. Throughout the text, Professor Burger helps readers understand how social, economic, and political issues affect them as a human service worker as well as the people they serve. Both practical and relevant to today’s students, the text is packed with captivating, real-life examples that highlight personal experiences and other options available to legislators -- such as national health care. It also offers insightful information on selected careers within the field, including training and licensing requirements.
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Human Services in the United States Today
Groups in Need
Human Services in Historical Perspective
Theoretical Perspectives
The Human Services Worker
Careers in Human Services
Social Policy
Prevention in Human Services
Current Controversies and Issues
Name Index
Subject Index

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William R. Burger is a Full Professor at The City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College. He has served as the Chairperson of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Human Services and formerly served as the Director of the Mental Health and Human Services Program. Dr. Burger has developed and taught a range of Human Services courses, has been a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities, and has written guest articles for various newspapers. He is a well-known figure within the Human Services field.

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