Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People

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Cengage Learning, Aug 6, 2009 - Social Science - 640 pages
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The bestselling book on the market, Zastrow’s Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People, 10e is also acclaimed as the most comprehensive. Giving readers a thorough overview of the social work profession, the text examines contemporary society with a realistic view of social problems--equipping students with real-world insight they can put into practice. By presenting positive strategies in the context of the core values, ethics, skills, and knowledge base of today’s professional social worker, Zastrow encourages students to think about new and realistic ways to solve problems and empower clients. A wealth of social problems cases, exhibits, and tables helps students apply concepts and compare and contrast the issues. The Tenth Edition has been thoroughly updated to include the latest Standards updates as well as new and emerging issues from the field. Packed with cutting-edge coverage and comprehensive CSWE core content, Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People, 10e continues to inspire students while giving them true insight into real-world practice.
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I thought Charles Zastrow gave a completely biased view of our culture. He blamed the white race for EVERY problem each race and ethnicity has in America which only perpetuates racism and separates our society. He does not acknowledge that races and ethnicities must figure out what's going on within their communities as well. His statements of what we learn in our history classes are completely false; stating such things as we don't learn about Native Americans and how the white man forced them off land? Stating we don't really learn much about African Americans in history? Completely False.
I do not recommend this book to college professors as it has many unsubstantiated claims and furthers the separation of our society.
True intellectuals such as Cornel West, "Race Matters" give a more unbiased view and I suggest reading and assigning more books like his.

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It's an incredibly liberal book.


Introduction Social Welfare and Social Work
Social Problems and Social Services
Your Future in Combating Human Problems
Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers
Name Index
Subject Index
Empowering People
Values and Ethics

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Charles Zastrow, MSW, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he chaired the Social Work Department for six years. He has also been the Assistant Director and Professor in the Social Work Program at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin, Dr. Zastrow has worked as a practitioner for various agencies, chaired social work accreditation site visit teams for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and served on the Commission on Accreditation of CSWE. He also was a member of the BPD board. A leader in social work education and a bestselling author, Dr. Zastrow has written more than 45 articles in professional journals as well as nine books, including four other textbooks: THE GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS, and UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (with Dr. Karen Kirst-Ashman).

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