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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Contents

Human Services in the United States Today
1
Groups in Need
56
Human Services in Historical Perspective
126
Theoretical Perspectives
152
The Human Services Worker
188
Careers in Human Services
231
Social Policy
270
Prevention in Human Services
296
Current Controversies and Issues
318
Glossary
338
Name Index
346
Subject Index
352
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William Burger is a professor at Kingsborough Community College and serves as the department chair for the human services program. He is a well-known figure within the human services field and has published several articles.

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