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Social Work, Third Edition

Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession

Third Edition

Edited by Diana M. DiNitto and C. Aaron McNeece

Publication Date - 01 October 2007

ISBN: 9780190615840

464 pages
6 x 8.8 inches


Social work is an exciting field full of demands and rewards. Social Work: Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession, Third Edition, allows readers to look at many aspects of social work practice. The satisfaction of working in a profession that helps others is presented alongside the difficulties and opportunities social workers face. Discussion of the differences between social work and the other helping professions helps readers identify where their interests lie.

The authors present the basic concepts, elements, and theories of social work and use this foundation to take a closer look at various fields of practice, diverse population groups, and social work environments. Special attention is given to social work in the criminal justice system, international social work, and social work in rural and poverty-affected communities. Social Work: Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession makes social work real and relevant to anyone entering the field.


  • Text completely rewritten with several new chapters and contributors
  • Chapters written by contributors from social work education programs across the United States, each an expert in his or her field
  • Online instructor's manual provides test questions, classroom activities, and assignments
  • Engaging cases and practice examples included in every chapter
  • Suggested readings and Web resources help students explore fields of interest

About the Author(s)

Diana M. DiNitto (MSW, PhD, Florida State University) is Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Social Welfare Policy and Practice Group in 2003 and has been a University Distinguished Teaching Professor since 1997.

C. Aaron McNeece (MSW, PhD, University of Michigan) is Walter W. Hudson Professor and dean at the College of Social Work, Florida State University. He is the author of five other books and numerous journal articles. McNeece was awarded the Pro Humanitate Award in 2005 by the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare.

Table of Contents

    1. Social Work: A Challenging Profession
    Dan Harkness and Will Rainford
    2. Theory and Practice with Individuals, Groups, and Communities
    Virginia Rondero Hernandez and Cynthia Franklin
    3.Social Work with Organizations, Communities, and Larger Systems
    Stephen Wernet
    4. Culturally Competent Social Work Practice
    Rowena Fong
    5. Gender and Social Work Practice
    Beverly Black and Janet M. Joiner
    6. Social Work Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People
    Gary Bailey, Steve J. Onken, Catherine Crisp, and Lacey Sloan
    7. Mental Illness and Social Work Practice
    Linda Openshaw, Ara Lewellen, and Catheleen Jordan
    8. Addictions and Social Work Practice
    Diana M. DiNitto and C. Aaron McNeece
    9. Social Work Practice in Health-Care Settings
    Robin Kennedy
    10. Disabilities: The Fight for Inclusion Continues
    Kevin DeWeaver
    11. Serving Children and Their Families
    Dorinda N. Noble and Angela Ausbrooks
    12. Gerontological Social Work
    Allan Kaufman and Maggie Tang
    13. Poverty/Income Maintenance
    Paul Mackie and Annelies Hagemeister
    14. Social Work Practice in the Justice System
    Diane Young
    15. Rural Social Work Practice
    Suzie Cashwell and Mary Margaret Just
    16. International Social Work: Challenges and Opportunities in a Global Society
    James Midgley
    17. Future of Social Work
    C. Aaron McNeece and Diana M. DiNitto