A window into the life of a social worker

The Call to Social Work, Second Edition is a presentation of narrative descriptions about the work and life of a wide variety of contemporary social workers. The book provides an in-depth understanding of why people choose social work, how they garner meaning from their work, and what they struggle with as they provide needed services. Additionally, it presents more information about the everyday practice of social work, both the challenges and the joys. Instructors who use this book in their courses will be able to contrast their ideals of practice with the realities captured in each life story, while students who read the book will be able to think about whether each story represents good practice, or what principles they would adhere to based on their understanding of social work.

The Art of Doing Social Work

The art of doing social work

These social work stories show the “real-life drama” of social work practice. They teach us how injustice can motivate, that just “fixing things” is a limiting goal, and that to be a professional social worker, sometimes determination is critical.

Qustions to Consider While You Read

  • How do these stories fit your image of a professional social worker?
  • How do these stories reflect the values of the social work profession?
  • Do social workers fix things? Would they want to? If they did, why would they?
  • What adversities do social workers typically face every day?

Sue Brandt

I became a social worker out of arrogance. I spent 12 years working with the profoundly handicapped. There was a kid in my classroom who I ...

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