The Social Work Experience: An Introduction to the Profession

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9780070626072: The Social Work Experience: An Introduction to the Profession

This text is designed for an introductory course in social work. Its case studies help students understand the wide variety of tasks and roles involved in the profession of generalist social work practice. All case studies are taken from the authors' own experiences, and they are designed to help students connect practical material with theoretical content. The author has attempted to integrate the common themes of generalist practice, social research, ethics and values and human diversity in each chapter.

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The Social Work Experience: An Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

Fifth Edition




Mary Ann Suppes, (Marquette University)

Carolyn Cressy Wells, (Marquette University)



The Social Work Experience: An Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare, 5/e,  helps students understand how social workers use their professional expertise to help people solve a wide variety of problems and improve their lives.  It not only introduces the profession of social work and its fields of practice, but also provides students with a clear understanding of social welfare policy, its history and contemporary issues.


The fifth edition contains three major parts:


Social Work and its Context- introduces professional social work, discusses theoretical perspectives for generalist practice, and guides students in their understanding of poverty and populations-at-risk.   


Professional Practice Settings- offers an in-depth discussion of eight fields of practice: family and children’s services, mental health, health care, schools, substance abuse, older adult services, criminal justice, and developmental disabilities.  


A Look to the Future- views the future of the profession through the eyes of futurists and highlights the challenges and opportunities that await social workers.



New Features in the Fifth Edition —

  • New chapter,   Social Justice and Social Welfare Policy , helps students appreciate the critical relationship between justice and policy.
  • New Case Studies, including international case studies, new internet research activities, updated websites, and more!
  • Updated data that incorporatescensus-based data, Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, social work employment data, research from various countries, and more!
  • New Themes of Ecology, Spirituality, Globalization and Social Justice are interwoven throughout.


Don’t Miss these value added options:

  • MyHelpingKit for the Social Work Experience: (access code required). MyHelpingKit is an electronic supplement that offers book-specific Learning Objectives, Cases, Chapter Summaries, Flashcards (key terms) and Practice Tests.  Numerous other Interactive activities, Video clips, and Research Navigator ™ help to round out this exciting new media supplement.  The access code can be value-packed with each new copy of this text at no additional cost to students.  Professors should contact their local representative for ordering information:

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Suppes, Mary Ann, Wells, Carolyn Cressy
Published by Mcgraw-Hill College (1991)
ISBN 10: 0070626073 ISBN 13: 9780070626072
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Mcgraw-Hill College, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110070626073

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