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.

In Pursuit of Compassion

In pursuit of compassion

Social work often demands untold compassion. These stories find social workers calling on their compassion as they persist in doing their work. Balancing the joys and frustrations in working with disabled children, understanding why it is important to let clients make difficult decisions, providing care in an environment driven by profit, accepting how others may not value the work social workers do—these themes illuminate the manner in which compassion is a central force in being a social worker.

Questions to Consider While You Read

  • How do the social workers in this chapter display compassion for their clients?
  • Is compassion necessary in doing social work? Why?
  • How did the social workers look beyond their current roles and responsibilities?
  • How do the social workers in ...
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