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More Days in the Lives of Social Workers

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MORE DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS

35 "REAL-LIFE" STORIES OF ADVOCACY, OUTREACH, AND OTHER INTRIGUING ROLES IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

Edited by Linda May Grobman, ACSW, LSW



A book from the publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER: THE MAGAZINE FOR SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES.

Spend a day with social workers in 35 different roles that may be both familiar and surprising.

This book, like its popular predecessor DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS, illustrates through first-person narratives that there are no “typical” days in social work, but that professionally trained social workers take on a variety of different roles. In this volume, there is more of a focus on macro roles than in the first, although this book also includes “micro”-level stories and illustrates ways in which social workers combine macro, mezzo, and micro level work in their everyday practice.

Here are some of the social work practice settings and roles you will read about:

• working on a national level
• program development and management
• advocacy and organizing
• policy from the inside
• training and consultation
• research and funding
• higher education
• specialized roles in the court system
• faith and spirituality
• domestic violence
• therapy and case management
• employment and hunger

YES! This IS social work. Political advocacy, agency management, sex therapy, play therapy, mediation, conducting domestic violence evaluations, writing grants, doing research, providing food for the hungry, and more—these are all roles that social workers can (and do!) play. This easy-to-read, hard-to-put-down book will make a welcome supplement to the theory found in traditional textbooks. Find out how social work managers and practitioners put theory into practice on a day-to-day basis.
Organizations, Web sites, and additional readings are listed to assist you in further exploring areas of social work practice that are of interest to you.

About the Editor: Linda May Grobman, ACSW, LSW, is the founder, publisher, and editor of The New Social Worker, the magazine for social work students and recent graduates, and editor of the books Days in the Lives of Social Workers and The Field Placement Survival Guide. She is the co-author of The Social Worker's Internet Handbook. She has been a social worker in mental health and medical settings, and is a former staff member of two state chapters of the National Association of Social Workers.


Table of Contents

About the Editor/Contributors
Introduction

PART 1—WORKING ON A NATIONAL LEVEL
Chapter 1—I Am Still a Social Worker
Chapter 2—A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Nonclinical Practice
Chapter 3—Transferring Micro Experience to Macro Practice: Working at the Child Welfare League of America

PART 2: PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT
Chapter 4—Bringing Two Disciplines Together: Developing a Small, Groundbreaking Program
Chapter 5—A Modern-Day Settlement House
Chapter 6—Coordinating a Youth Development Program
Chapter 7— Managing a Hospital Social Work Department

PART 3—ADVOCACY & ORGANIZING
Chapter 8—Doing Political Social Work: My Sojourn
Chapter 9—Life as a Policy Advocate
Chapter 10—Representing the Faith Community in the Policy Arena
Chapter 11—It Takes a Village: Reclaiming Our Youth Through
 Community Partnerships

PART 4—POLICY FROM THE INSIDE
Chapter 12—Policy Supervisor in a State Government Setting
Chapter 13—Interning on Capitol Hill

PART 5—TRAINING & CONSULTATION
Chapter 14—Training in Eastern Europe
Chapter 15—Entrepreneurship and the Mezzo/Macro Social Worker

PART 6—RESEARCH & FUNDING
Chapter 16—Doing Social Work Research
Chapter 17—A Day’s Work at the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research
Chapter 18—A Life-Altering Experience as a Social Work Researcher
Chapter 19—FUNd Writing: Working as a Grant Writer

PART 7—HIGHER EDUCATION
Chapter 20—The Field Office: Teaching and Supervising Student Internships
Chapter 21—Carving Out a Career: Academic and Community Collaboration
Chapter 22—Working in an Academic Medical Center

PART 8—SPECIALIZED ROLES IN THE COURT SYSTEM
Chapter 23—Social Service Management Within a Court System
Chapter 24—International Work on a Domestic Level: Immigration Law
Chapter 25—Mediation: The Fit for Social Work
Chapter 26—A Court-Ordered Program for Divorced and Separating Parents: Is This Social Work?

PART 9—FAITH & SPIRITUALITY
Chapter 27—Coming Home to Metropolitan United Church
Chapter 28—Spiritual Social Work

PART 10—DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Chapter 29—Hospital-Based Domestic Violence Advocacy
Chapter 30—It’s All In the Family: Working in a Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence

PART 11—THERAPEUTIC AND CASE MANAGEMENT ROLES
Chapter 31—To Touch With Your Knowledge and Your Heart
Chapter 32—Sex Therapy and the Private Practice Social Worker
Chapter 33—Client Centered Play Therapy, Student Centered
 Instruction

PART 12—EMPLOYMENT & HUNGER
Chapter 34—Employment Outreach With America’s Heroes
Chapter 35—Food for Thought
APPENDICES

Other Details

Editor:
Linda May Grobman, ACSW, LSW
Publication Date:
2005
Pages:
252

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