Essential Skills for Human Services

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Brooks/Cole, 1999 - Political Science - 348 pages
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This concise, useful guide introduces the necessary basic skills helpers need to effectively support and guide persons who need assistance from social services systems. A 'must read' for human services workers, students, and volunteers, this book provides key information, values, and skills needed to be an effective helper. The authors cover topics such as helping persons living with HIV, working with persons with mental illness, and taking care of oneself.Authors Cynthia Poindexter, Deborah Valentine, and Patricia Conway present an eclectic approach and provide useful information for students taking an introductory course in human services or interviewing or for professional facilitators teaching groups of helpers.

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Dr. Poindexter is an associate professor in the School of Social Services at Fordham University. Her areas of research and interest include HIV/AIDS, Management, Community Practice, and Gerontology.

Deborah Valentine is currently a professor and director of the School of Social Work at Colorado State University. She teaches social work practice at the BSW, MSW and PhD levels. Her areas of research interest include social work practice with children and families and people with developmental disabilities. Dr. Valentine has published numerous articles and books based on her research, and has presented her work at national and international conferences. She has taught social work classes in Ecuador, Lithuania and Korea. She began a three-year term as the Editor-in-Chief of the JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION in May 2003.

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