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.

Ethics and Justice

Ethics and justice

Ethics and justice are key concepts for social workers. These stories show how different ethical issues are addressed. In several of the stories, the social workers confront the complexity of working for the “system” while advocating for clients. The dual focus of social work (person and society) is well represented in the stories.

Questions to Consider While You Read

  • Social workers have sometimes been referred to as “merchants of morality;” how do the following stories represent that perspective?
  • It is often said that social work is a values-driven profession; how do the following stories represent that perspective?
  • In the stories, how do the people work with others who have a different approach than they do?
  • What are the personal consequences of being a social worker?

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