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.

Building Community Connections

Building community connections

Social work extends beyond the individual, and these stories emphasize the importance of doing work in the community. We hear from a community organizer, a refugee resettlement worker, a school social worker, and a Native American. All highlight work within different systems and the importance of the community context.

Questions to Consider While You Read

  • Why is it important to not have a specific agenda in mind when working with clients?
  • How is cultural competence reflected in these stories?
  • This chapter presents social work in a slightly different light. What, if anything, is unique about this chapter?
  • “Community” is not a fixed concept. How do the different social workers seem to view the role and scope of community?

William Loftquist

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