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Introduction to Social Work- Vantage Learning Platform

Introduction to Social Work- Vantage Learning Platform
An Advocacy-Based Profession

Third Edition

July 2021 | SAGE Publications, Inc
ISBN: 978-1-0718-2851-9

About Introduction to Social Work, Third Edition

The award-winning Introduction to Social Work: An Advocacy-Based Profession takes students on an exploration of what social work is, what it was historically, and how to be an effective advocate as a social worker moving forward. Built on a unique advocacy practice and policy model comprised of four components—economic and social justice, a supportive environment, human needs and rights, and political access—the book provides a crucial lens for viewing today’s social issues. Best-selling authors Lisa E. Cox, Carolyn J. Tice, and Dennis D. Long emphasize advocacy throughout all of the sectors of social work, with a focus on environmental, international, and military social work. The Third Edition closely aligns with the latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); references the 2018 Code of Ethics from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); and includes profound discussion of societal impacts on areas of public health, policy, juvenile justice, race, inequality, social movements, and self-care.

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The Social Work Profession
The History of Social Work
Generalist Social Work Practice
Advocacy in Social Work
Poverty and Inequality
Family and Child Welfare
Health Care and Health Challenges
Physical, Cognitive, and Developmental Challenges


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I used the 2nd edition for a couple of years. Happy for the updated version. My students love this book, the ease to understand some complex concepts, it is a very good book for college students.

Jennifer Klein
Social Science Dept, Queensborough Cmty College
January 26, 2022

Strong text for intro course that incorporates core values of profession as well as action strategies towards advocacy and empowerment. Updated version includes new research, statistics and sociopolitical context.

Ms Lana Cook
College of Social Work, University Of South Carolina
July 5, 2022
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  • New and updated contemporary topics involving social work advocacy and political action at the federal level, especially in the area of health care reform, help readers examine the changes that occur when leadership shifts in the United States.
  • Increased attention to ethics includes the need to consider dilemmas and applying ethical considerations in social work practice.
  • Additional person-first language throughout makes the material more accessible to readers.
  • Enhanced content on the intersections of diversity and multicultural practice reflects today’s increasingly diverse world.
  • Additional coverage of substance use and addiction services gives attention to growing areas of concern in social work.
  • A unique advocacy framework explores the signature roots of the social work profession, its history, key figures, practice settings, policies, and the type of work performed on individual, group, community, local, state, national, and international levels.
  • A theme of inter-professional education and practice is integrated throughout and illustrated within various case vignettes.
  • A grid of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) within the preface serves as an easy reference to the accreditation requirements set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Reflective practice and Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) are integrated throughout.  
  • Social Work in Action, Spotlight on Advocacy and Current Trends boxes provide applied examples of social workers' transformative opportunities and contributions in confronting complicated life situations.
  • Time to Think features ask students to reflect on their own experiences in relation to the chapter to make content easier to retain.
  • Your Career sections introduce potential career paths for future social workers.
  • Robust in-text pedagogy includes learning objectives, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and exercises for mastering the material.

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