Handbook of Health Social Work

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Sarah Gehlert, Teri Browne
John Wiley & Sons, Oct 13, 2011 - Political Science - 720 pages


"Handbook of Health Social Work, Second Edition is a crucial addition for seasoned practitioners' libraries, as well as an essential foundation for fledgling social workers ready to enter health as a practice and research area."
–From the Foreword by Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

"The book's strengths include the high quality of writing and the expertise of its contributors. It covers the field of health social work in significant depth and is sure to leave readers well informed."
–Mary Sormanti, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work

"Quite simply, this is the definitive volume for health and social work. In this second edition, Gehlert and Browne and their expert contributors have confidently managed to keep pace with current theory and empirical research across a wide range of subject matter that will be of interest to practitioners, educators, and researchers."
–Michael Vaughn, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, School of Public Health, and Department of Public Policy Studies, Saint Louis University

Thoroughly revised and updated, the only comprehensive handbook of its kind covering the diverse field of health social work

Now in its Second Edition, Handbook of Health Social Work provides a comprehensive and evidence-based overview of contemporary social work practice in health care. Written from a wellness perspective, the chapters cover practice and research areas ranging from chronic disorders to infectious disease, from physical to mental disorders, and all areas in between.

An excellent resource preparing social workers for the present and future challenges of practice in the field of health care, the Handbook of Health Social Work, Second Edition features discussion on:

  • New trends in social work and health care, including genetics, transdisciplinary care, as well as national and state changes in policy
  • Health social work and children
  • The wide array of roles performed by social workers in health-care settings
  • Ethical issues and decision making in a variety of arenas
  • Understanding of community factors in health social work

Edited by two respected leaders in the field of health social work, this second edition includes contributions from a diverse team of notable experts, researchers, and scholars addressing multiple theoretical foundations, models, issues, and dilemmas for the social worker in health care. The resulting resource offers both a foundation for social work practice in health care and a guide for strategy, policy, and program development in proactive and actionable terms.


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Conceptual Underpinnings of Social Work
Social Work Roles and HealthCare Settings
Ethics and Social Work in Health Care
Public Health and Social Work
Health Policy and Social Work
Physical and Mental Health Interactions
Social Work Practice and Disability Issues
Communication in Health Care
Religion Spirituality Health and Social Work
Developing a Shared Understanding When
Families Health and Illness
Human Sexual Health

Theories of Health Behavior
Community and Health
Social Work With Children and Adolescents With

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About the author (2011)

SARAH GEHLERT, PHD, is Dean of the Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work, University of Souther California. Previously, she was E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the Brown School of Social Work and the Department of Surgery (School of Medicine) at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the Co-Director of the NIH-funded Transdisciplinary Center on Energetics and Cancer (TREC).

TERI BROWNE, PHD, is Assistant Professor and Centenary Faculty in Health Social Work Services Research in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on social work in health-care settings.

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