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Introduction to Competence-Based Social Work

The Profession of Caring, Knowing, and Serving

Second Edition

Michael E. Sherr and Johnny M. Jones

Publication Date - September 2019

ISBN: 9780190923037

328 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $50.00

Students are introduced to social work through a "Why We Do, What We Do" model that emphasizes how and why social workers commit to their careers. 41 case vignettes, 16 of which are new, engage students and present a clear picture of the profession to help them become invested in enhancing and restoring the well-being of individuals, groups, and communities.

Description

Social work is rooted in the values of service, social justice, and strong interpersonal relationships, but as the profession evolves, so must the approach to education. Michael E. Sherr and Johnny M. Jones have created an introductory textbook written for the future of social work. The second edition integrates the knowledge of practice, policy, research, HBSE, and field work with the skills and practice behaviors necessary for students to become fully competent social workers by the time they graduate.

Students are introduced to social work through a "Why We Do, What We Do" model that emphasizes how and why social workers commit to their careers. 41 case vignettes, 16 of which are new, engage students and present a clear picture of the profession to help them become invested in enhancing and restoring the well-being of individuals, groups, and communities.

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New to this Edition

  • Updated "Why We do, What We do" framework is consistent with EPAS 2015
  • 16 new case vignettes expose students to future possibilities for practice such as online counseling, global social work, outdoor/adventure therapy, and refugee resettlement

Features

  • Case-based learning allows students to glimpse social workers practicing in diverse, global settings
  • Unique "Why We Do, What We Do" framework helps students make sense of the competences specified by CSWE
  • Focus on developing professional identity encourages student engagement
  • Written in an accessible, engaging style
  • Accompanied by instructor and student resources

About the Author(s)

Michael E. Sherr, PhD, is professor and chair of the social work department at Cedarville University. He is an internationally recognized scholar with more than 80 publications, including three other books, on several areas of research and scholarship. He is editor-in-chief of the interdisciplinary and international Journal of Human Behaviour in the Social Environment.

Johnny M. Jones, PhD, is former professor and chair of the social work department at Southeastern University. He currently serves as Director in the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.

Reviews

"If you looking for a textbook that gives an engaging introduction to competency based social work, this is the text. The plethora of case studies with corresponding questions brings the content to life. Students will gain a basic understanding of the field with opportunities to wrestle with key concepts through discussion questions and personal reflection. Sherr and Jones authored a well-written text addressing the policies and standards of the social work education accrediting body." -- Christine Fulmer, Liberty University

"This important text will be of interest to anyone considering a career in the social work profession." -- David R. Hodge, ASU

"Drs. Sherr and Jones focus on two key elements of the profession: professional identity, 'why we do' and the methods of social work, 'what we do.' The use of case-based learning to introduce the students to multiple facets of social work and the core competencies of the profession brings the field of social work alive for students. The additional learning tools at the end of each chapter and the online supplements make this an easy to use text for students and faculty alike. The authors are able to provide a historical context while bringing in current issues that the profession needs to address. The variety and volume of cases lend themselves to the use of multiple teaching methods within the classroom. This text is engaging and relevant to any student considering social work as a vocation." -- Clifford Rosenbohm, George Fox University

Table of Contents

    Contents
    List of Case Vignettes
    Preface

    PART I: WHAT IS SOCIAL WORK AND WHAT DO SOCIAL WORKERS DO?
    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: What Is Social Work?
    Chapter 3: What Is Competence-Based Social Work?
    Chapter 4: What Do Competent Social Workers Do?

    PART II: THE PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY OF SOCIAL WORKERS
    Chapter 5: Developing the Personal Self-Awareness for Professional Social Work
    Chapter 6: Developing the Professional Identity for Social Work
    Chapter 7: The Historical Emergence of Social Work as a Profession
    Chapter 8: Ethical Social Work Practice
    Chapter 9: Human Rights and Justice
    Chapter 10: Diversity in Practice
    Chapter 11: The Dimensions of Diversity
    Chapter 12: Critical Thinking

    PART III: METHOD OF PRACTICE AND WHERE WE WORK
    Chapter 13: The Generalist Method of Practice: Engage, Assess, Intervene, and Evaluate
    Chapter 14: The Fields of Social Work Practice

    Index