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Social Work With Volunteers

Michael Sherr

Publication Date - July 2008

ISBN: 9780190615956

168 pages
Paperback
6 x 9 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $41.95

Description

The first book to specifically address the relationship between social work and volunteers, Social Work with Volunteers examines the current shift in social welfare services and the growing need to develop effective partnerships with volunteers. As the primary profession in the development, provision, and evaluation of social services, social workers are in a position to shape how agency administrators, direct staff, and volunteers work together to provide services. Using the groundbreaking Context-Specific Optimal Partnership (CSOP) model, the author demonstrates how social workers in all areas of practice can work with volunteers to create a positive change.

Social Work with Volunteers is organized around three basic themes: volunteerism as a complex behavioral and social phenomenon, the historical relationship between social work and volunteers, and the development and application of the CSOP model.

Features

  • Applies theoretical concepts to real-life case illustrations
  • Engaging discussion and learning questions in each chapter
  • Uses a human behavior theoretical framework for describing social work with volunteers
  • Provides a progressive new model (CSOP) for social workers to partner with volunteers

About the Author(s)

Michael E. Sherr (PhD, MSW, University of South Carolina, Columbia) is assistant professor at Baylor University School of Social Work. His research interests include the integration of faith and social work education and practice, volunteerism, gerontology, and theory and practice with ethnic/racial populations.

Table of Contents

    Figures and Tables
    About the Author
    Foreword by John G. McNutt
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    PART 1 VOLUNTEERISM: A COMPLEX PHENOMENON
    Chapter 1 Defining Volunteerism
    Chapter 2 Why People Volunteer
    Chapter 3 Volunteerism and Human Behavior Theory
    PART II THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIAL WORK AND VOLUNTEERISM
    Chapter 4 Jane Addams: Social Worker and Volunteer
    Chapter 5 Social Work's Historical Relationship to Volunteerism
    Chapter 6 The Impact of Religion on Social Work's Relationship with Volunteers
    PART III REFRAMING THE RELATIONSHIP
    Chapter 7 The Context-Specific Optimal Partnership Model
    Chapter 8 Putting the Context-Specific Optimal Partnership Model into Action
    Chapter 9 Finding Volunteers for Partnerships
    Chapter 10 Changing the Context
    References
    Index

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