Working in social work: growing and thriving in human services practice

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Sage Publications, 1987 - Political Science - 339 pages
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Working in Social Work is designed to help readers understand the dynamics at play in work environments. It focuses specifically on issues that are addressed on a daily basis by social workers and other human services professionals, such as the commitment to provide services to clients while remaining accountable to the public.

The author is concerned with culture, ethnicity, personality and conflict in the workplace, as well as with careers and professionalism, collegial relationships, roles and role conflicts. Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography and a set of exercises designed to promote self study and analysis.

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Gender Class Culture and Identity
Climbing the Ladder and Crossing
Becoming a Colleague and Entering

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About the author (1987)

Since 1972, Armand Lauffer has authored 20 books and edited 2 anthologies on organizations, community practice, training, graduated education, and management in the human service and nonprofit sectors.  In addition to being a series editor for Sage since 1977, his books have been published by a number of firms, among them: John Wiley, McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall, and the Free Press.  He is recipient of numerous professional awards, including ACOSA’s 2001 Career Achievement award.  As a professor at the University of Michigan, his various assignments included directorships of the continuing education program in the human services and a dozen of national training programs, chairmanship of the School of Social Work’s curriculum committee and community organization sequence. He has played key planning roles in a number of national and international professional conferences and serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals. His current consultation and training activities, most of them overseas, address such issues as organizational learning, culture, trust, governance, renewal, leadership, and resource acquisition in nonprofits and social agencies.

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