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.

A Healing Journey

A healing journey

These stories directly address how social workers confront their personal challenges and healing. Many social workers start their professional journey to “give back” due to past experiences. This can present both opportunities and challenges.

Questions to Consider While You Read

  • How should social workers approach self-care?
  • What keeps the social workers in this chapter going despite the stress of their jobs?
  • How can social workers demonstrate confidence when they are personally struggling?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of helping others when you are struggling or have struggled with crisis and dysfunction yourself?

Pat Betard

I am a recovering alcoholic. I just celebrated 15 years of sobriety. My father died of alcoholism. He was 76 years old. He really admired my recovery and had an enormous amount ...

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