Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 December 2020

432 Pages

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197507520

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Just Practice

A Social Justice Approach to Social Work

Fourth Edition

Janet L. Finn

  • Unique framework builds upon five key concepts - meaning, context, power, history, and possibility - to provide students a cohesive schema for connecting social work to social justice
  • Seven core processes - engagement, teaching/learning, action, accompaniment, evaluation, reflection, and celebration - expand upon the traditional assessment-intervention-evaluation model of practice by re-conceptualizing social work's approach to planned change
  • Critical reflection on social work history provides readers a rich understanding of the promise and problems in social work history and of the contributions of Black, American Indian, and other people of color to social work
  • Reflection moments and learning activities encourage critical thinking and engage students in the application of key concepts
  • Accompanied by a robust set of instructor resources

New to this Edition:

  • New chapter, "Critical Reflection," pays particular attention to the embeddedness of racism in the U.S. and prepares readers to engage in critical self-reflection.
  • An expanded discussion of ways in which white privilege clouded the perspectives of early reformers and of the contributions of African Americans, American Indians, and other people of color deepens students' understanding of social work history.
  • New content on psychodynamic theory, neuroscience, and trauma, with an expanded discussion of historical trauma and tribal critical theory, expands the book's range of social theories.
  • Listening and communication skills for acknowledgement of and engagement with racial trauma, counter narratives, and narratives of resistance speak to prevalent and ongoing issues in today's world.

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