"This is a vital and necessary guide to the social work profession. This book clarifies the social work mission, goals, and objectives, and strengthens and promotes them as well."
óCarmen Ortiz Hendricks, MSW, DSW, ACSW, LCSW
Professor & Dean, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University
"The authors do an excellent job of illustrating the uniqueness, diversity, and richness of the profession. I strongly recommend this book for use in social work orientation, advising, and education."
óSaundra Starks, EdD, LCSW, Professor, Western Kentucky University
What do documentary filmmakers, conflict mediators, forensic social workers, researchers, mental health practitioners, human services administrators, medical social workers, and policy advocates have in common? They are all potential careers for social workers. The second edition of this popular guide to social work careers has been completely updated and expanded to reflect current trends in social work education and social work practice, including the employment outlook in various fields of practice, current accreditation standards, core competencies, and licensing requirements, along with new opportunities for social workers resulting from health care reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. With a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of social work, the book describes both traditional careers and those that are off the beaten path in such arenas as forensic social work, social entrepreneurship, working in political systems, international careers, and community practice.
Well organized and written in a conversational tone, each chapter describes a particular social work domain, illustrating specific careers within that field including best features, challenges, required core competencies and skills, and educational and licensing requirements needed to succeed. For each career the book also discusses employment outlook and includes recommended references for more in-depth information. Vivid stories from social workers across the country further help readers to choose a career that is a good fit. Additionally, the book includes updated job-hunting tools and websites, including international opportunities, and ways to offset the high cost of higher education. Questionnaires and self-assessment checklists provide additional fodder to help readers choose a social work career tailored to their unique talents, interests, and passions.
New to the Second Edition:
—Ammu D. Kowolik, LMSW, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
Students and social workers preparing for the social work masters licensure exam will find an invaluable study resource in the Social Work ASWB® Masters Exam Guide. Written by a prominent social work leader and trainer for social work licensing exams in the United States, this guide is based on years of time-tested exam prep workshops conducted by the author. It mirrors the ASWB Masters “Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities” upon which the exam is based and incorporates information from the DSM-5®.
The guide is comprehensive yet focuses on the material most likely to be included on the exam, so readers can prioritize information as they study. A self-assessment section helps identify strengths and weaknesses before tackling the material. The author shares her extensive knowledge of the exam by providing useful test-taking strategies and tips for overcoming test anxiety. The 170-question practice test at the end of the guide (with explanations of the correct answers) mirrors the actual exam in both length and structure. Content includes human development, diversity, abuse and neglect, assessment and intervention planning, direct and indirect (micro and macro) practice, and professional values and ethics. This book will be a valuable asset for social workers throughout the United States and Canada.
ASWB® is a registered service mark of the Association of Social Work Boards, which neither sponsors nor endorses this product.
Many of the moments of this book
have grown from experiences the author has had or stories he used in
his lectures with students or told in his office with clients. Some of
them have grown from essays written for others, for personal or
professional reasons. They are moments on a path through the discovery
of social work, a journey of beginnings, middles, and ends.
just the right blend of humor and candor, each of these stories
contains nuggets of wisdom that you will not find in a traditional
textbook. They capture the essence and the art and soul of social work.
In a world rushed with the illusion of technique and rank empiricism, it
is the author’s hope that some of the things here might make some
moment in your thinking or feeling grow as a social worker. If they
provoke a smile, or a tear, or a critical question, it’s worth it.
Everyone makes a different journey in a life of social work. These
stories are one social worker’s travelogue along the way.