Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation is a best-selling text and website for introduction to social work courses. It provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values that are essential for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and public policy in a variety of practice settings.

The fifth edition of Social Work and Social Welfare is in full color, with more visuals and photos throughout. As with previous editions, this book is an up-to-date profile of the world in which today’s social workers practice, with current demographic, statistical, legislative, policy, and research information; and sensitive discussions of contemporary ethical issues. The text includes exercises from six interactive cases.Visit www.routledgesw.com for the detailed cases and companion materials that teach students about social work through practice.

In this book and companion custom website you will find:

■■ An emphasis on a strengths-based perspective and attention to diversity, social environment,

theory and theoretical frameworks, levels of social work practice, and an array of fields of


■■ The histories of social welfare and the social work profession presented as the intertwined

phenomena that they are.

■■ A profile of the contemporary landscape of the society in which social workers practice.

■■ Social work practice within the framework of planned change, encompassing: engagement,

assessment, intervention, and evaluation and termination.

■■ The opportunity to hear from social work practitioners working in fourteen diverse and

challenging practice settings.

■■ Six unique, in-depth, interactive, easy-to-access cases that students can easily reach from

any computer, provide a “learning by doing” format unavailable with any other text(s).

Students will have an advantage unlike any other they will experience in their social work


■■ A wealth of instructor-only resources provide: full-text readings that link to the concepts

presented in each of the chapters; a complete bank of objective and essay-type test items, all

linked to current CSWE EPAS standards; PowerPoint presentations to help students master

key concepts; annotated links to a treasure trove of social work assets on the internet; and a

forum inviting all instructors using texts in the series to communicate with each other, and

share ideas to improve teaching and learning.

chapter Chapter
 1|38 pages

A Glimpse into the World of Social Work

chapter Chapter 2|48 pages

History of Social Work and Social Welfare

chapter Chapter 3|46 pages

U.S. Poverty and the Implications for Social Work

chapter Chapter 5|48 pages

Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice

chapter Chapter 6|42 pages

Social Work Perspectives and Methods

chapter 7|85 pages

Fields of Social Work Practice

chapter 9|42 pages

Social Work Practice with Groups

chapter 11|35 pages

The Social Work Profession