Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives

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Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2007 - Social Science - 517 pages
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Karen K. Kirst-Ashman's introductory text enhances students' ability to grasp the essence and spirit of generalist social work and the issues in social welfare that social workers address everyday. Intended to give students contemplating a career in social work a solid introduction to the profession, Kirst-Ashman presents a balanced, introductory look at the profession, practice concepts, social welfare policy concepts, the history and current concerns of the profession of social work, contexts and populations served, and student development. The book also presents a unifying theme of critical thinking, intended to train students to be more evaluative of key concepts in social work from the very commencement of their interest in this potential career.

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Karen K. Kirst-Ashman is a full professor and former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She earned her BSW degree in 1972 and MSSW degree in 1973 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of six social work textbooks, numerous publications, articles, and reviews on social work and women's issues and has served as a consulting editor on many social work journals. She was a board member of the CSWE from 1998 through 2001 and has served as a member of several CSWE accreditation site teams. Kirst-Ashman is certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin.

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