Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation is a best-selling text and website for introduction to social work courses. It provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values that are essential for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and public policy in a variety of practice settings.
The fifth edition of Social Work and Social Welfare is in full color, with more visuals and photos throughout. As with previous editions, this book is an up-to-date profile of the world in which today's social workers practice, with current demographic, statistical, legislative, policy, and research information; and sensitive discussions of contemporary ethical issues. The text includes exercises from six interactive cases.Visit www.routledgesw.com for the detailed cases and companion materials that teach students about social work through practice.
In this book and companion custom website you will find:
■■ An emphasis on a strengths-based perspective and attention to diversity, social environment,
theory and theoretical frameworks, levels of social work practice, and an array of fields of
■■ The histories of social welfare and the social work profession presented as the intertwined
phenomena that they are.
■■ A profile of the contemporary landscape of the society in which social workers practice.
■■ Social work practice within the framework of planned change, encompassing: engagement,
assessment, intervention, and evaluation and termination.
■■ The opportunity to hear from social work practitioners working in fourteen diverse and
challenging practice settings.
■■ Six unique, in-depth, interactive, easy-to-access cases that students can easily reach from
any computer, provide a "learning by doing" format unavailable with any other text(s).
Students will have an advantage unlike any other they will experience in their social work
■■ A wealth of instructor-only resources provide: full-text readings that link to the concepts
presented in each of the chapters; a complete bank of objective and essay-type test items, all
linked to current CSWE EPAS standards; PowerPoint presentations to help students master
key concepts; annotated links to a treasure trove of social work assets on the internet; and a
forum inviting all instructors using texts in the series to communicate with each other, and
share ideas to improve teaching and learning.
About the Author:
Marla Berg-Weger is a professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University, Missouri,
where she also serves as the Executive Director, Geriatric Education Center, and is a past Director
of Field Education. Dr. Berg-Weger has been a social worker for four decades and holds social work
degrees at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Her social work practice experience includes
public social welfare services, domestic violence services, mental health, and gerontological and
health care social work. Her research and writing focus on social work practice and gerontological
social work, particularly in the areas of family caregiving, dementia care, and older adult mobility.
With Julie Birkenmaier, she co-authored the textbook The Practicum Companion for Social Work:
Integrating Class and Field Work. With Birkenmaier, she co-authored another book in this series,
Contemporary Social Work Practice. She is the past President and Secretary of the Association of
Gerontology Education in Social Work and Managing Editor of the Journal of Gerontological Social
Work. She is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.