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A comprehensive and historical introduction to social work.


This book is part of the Connecting Core Competencies Series. This series helps students understand and master CSWE’s core competencies with a variety of pedagogy highlighted competency content and critical thinking questions for the competencies throughout.


With its balanced presentation of social work and social welfare, this text answers students' questions about social work and their social work education.


Introduction to Social Work, 12/e, helps students understand the importance of history and how it has shaped the social work profession. Cases help students apply theory to practice and provide a glimpse of what social workers do and the versatility of the profession.


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Introduction to Social Work emphasizes in the current generalist practice perspectives and answers students' questions about social work and their social work education. Cases help students apply theory to practice and provide a glimpse of what social workers do and the versatility of the profession.

About the Author

O. William Farley received his B.S, M.S.W., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Utah. Following his graduation from the M.S.W. program, Dr. Farley served for three years in the United States Air Force as a Captain in the Medical Services. AT his last assignment, Dr. Farley was the Chief Psychiatric Social Worker at the USAF Hospital at Travis Air Force Base in California. In 1962, Dr. Farley became a full-time faculty member at the University of Utah College of Social Work.


Dr. Farley has held many different positions at the College of Social Work, including the Director of Master's Program, the Director of the Doctoral Program, and Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Social Research Institute. Dr. Farley retired from the College of Social Work in spring of 2010. Dr. Farley is also a licensed clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist.


Dr. Farley has published extensively in the fields of health, mental health, and clinical practice and co-authored a book on rural social work and another on direct social work practice. He has been the principle investigator on many research grants including an NIMH grant on Case Management Strategies. Dr. Farley has served on many university and community committees and boards and received the University of Utah Faculty Community Service Award in 1998.



Larry L. Smith received his B.S., M.S.W., and D.S.W. degrees from the University of Utah. After completing his doctoral education, Dr. Smith worked for three years as a clinical social worker at the University of Utah Medical Center. He has been a full-time faculty member at the University of Utah College of Social Work since 1974.


For ten years, Dr. Smith was the Director of the Part-Time and Rural M.S.W. programs at the College of Social Work. He was the Director of Admissions for the M.S.W. program for twenty-one years and the director of the M.S.W Program for ten years. Along with his administrative duties, Dr. Smith teaches courses in clinical practice, human behavior, and research. Dr. Smith is also a licensed clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist.


Dr. Smith has published articles on crisis intervention, health, mental health, and corrections along with an earlier book on crisis intervention. His current research interests also include alcohol and drug prevention and treatment programs.



Scott W. Boyle received his B.S. degree in Recreation from Brigham Young University, his M.S.W. from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University. For the first ten years of his professional career, Dr. Boyle worked as a clinical social worker in a number of mental health and hospital settings.


Dr. Boyle's first academic position was at Grambling State University where he was the Chairperson of the Health and Mental Health Concentration. He continued in that position for eight years before becoming a full-time faculty member at the University of Utah College of Social Work in 1996. Dr. Boyle previously served as the coordinator of the Evening M.S.W. Program at the College of Social Work and as the chairperson of the Human Behavior and Social Environment Committee.


 In 2001, he joined two other faculty in developing the BSW Program within the college and continues in this position Associate Professor.


Dr. Boyle teaches courses in direct/clinical practice and human behavior. He is also a licensed clinical social worker and psychologist and maintains a private practice in Farmington, Utah. His research focus has been in the area of anger and substance abuse.

Table of Contents



1. What Is Social Work?


Social Welfare

Social Work

    CORE COMPETENCY: Professional Identity

    A Current Definition

Distinguishing Characteristics of Social Work

    CORE COMPETENCY: Ethical Practice

Social Work Careers

Sociology and Social Work

Psychiatry and Social Work

Psychology and Social Work

Counseling and Social Work

Social Work in the World Today

CORE COMPETENCY: Human Rights & Justice




    Core Competency Video / “Professional Roles and Boundaries” 



2. The Evolution of Social Welfare and Social Work

in the United States


Echoes of the Pas

European Roots

    CORE COMPETENCY: Critical Thinking 

Beginnings in the United States

    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Rights & Justice

Public Assistance and Social Welfare Emerge

    CORE COMPETENCY: Policy Practice

Services of Volunteers

Social Workers Appear

International Social Work




    Core Competency Article / “What Is Social Work? What Does Being a Social

    Worker Mean?”



3. Education for Social Work


    CORE COMPETENCY: Critical Thinking

Social Work Education

    CORE COMPETENCY: Professional Identity

The Master’s Program

    Admission to the Master’s Program

Evaluating Master’s Programs

The Baccalaureate Program


The Doctoral Program


Continuing Education

Student Participation in Social Work Education

    Stipends and Scholarships

Council on Social Work Education

    CORE COMPETENCY: Ethical Practice 




    Core Competency Article / “Want a Social Work Career: Education

    for Social Work.”





4. Generalist Practice and Introductory Theory


Need for a Theoretical Framework

    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Behavior

Introductory Inner and Outer Forces Paradigm

Additional Model Definition

The Life Cycle and the Inner and Outer Forces Model

    CORE COMPETENCY: Critical Thinking

Social Functioning

Levels of Social Functioning

A Base for Generalist Social Work Practice

    CORE COMPETENCY: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate



    Core Competency Video / “Applying Critical Thinking.”



5. Social Work Practice with Individuals


Social Work with the Individual—A Generalist Approach

    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Behavior  

    CORE COMPETENCY: Professional Identity    

Clinical Social Work Defined         

History of Social Casework and Clinical Social Work    

    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts    

Trends in Casework and Clinical Work     

The Practice Framework       


    Social Work Values        

    CORE COMPETENCY: Ethical Practice        



Methods of Clinical Social Work        

The Clinical/Direct Practice Process of Social Work        





The Multisystems Approach    




    Core Competency Video / “Deborah Vingle.”    



6. Social Work Practice with Groups        


Historical Developments       

Group Work Defined      

Group Work Models     

    CORE COMPETENCY: Research-Based Practice    

    Social Goals Model       

    Remedial Goals Model        

    Reciprocal Goals Model        

Formation of Groups 100

    CORE COMPETENCY: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate       

    Agency Goals   

    Group Goals         

    Member Goals      

    Worker Goals         

Selection of Group Members       

    CORE COMPETENCY: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate         

Preparation of Group Members        

Structuring the Group       

    CORE COMPETENCY: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate        

    The Setting      

    Group Size       

    Group Rules       

    Open or Closed Groups        

    Short-Term or Long-Term Groups      

    Meeting Days and Time      

    Male, Female, or Mixed Groups       


    Programming for Goal Attainment      

Stages of Groups    




Group Work Settings    

    Traditional Settings      

    Group Services in Host Agencies   




    Core Competency Video / “Ecological Model.” 



7. Social Work Practice with Communities 


What Is Community Organization?   

Beginnings of Community Social Work    

    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts        

Underlying Principles in Community Organization        

Community Social Work Processes    

    CORE COMPETENCY: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate      







    Committee Operation  

    Advocacy and Social Action 

Roles of the Community Organizer  

    CORE COMPETENCY: Professional Identity  




    Core Competency Video / “Keeping Up with Shifting Context.”



8. Administration and Research       




    CORE COMPETENCY: Policy Practice       

    Basic Assumptions and Principles     


    Supervision Is Teaching      

    Techniques of Supervision   

    Supervision and Licensing Laws   


    Principles of Consultation    


    Life Management Strategies 

    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts  

    Shifting Power in Social Work Administration 



    Social Work and Research   

    Major Steps in Research   

    Main Kinds of Research for Social Workers  

    Evidence-Based Practice   

    CORE COMPETENCY: Research-Based Practice 




    Core Competency Video / “Karen Cowan.”   





9. Mental Health Services  

Beginnings in Mental Health    

    CORE COMPETENCY: Ethical Practice   

Elements of the Mental Health Network 

    Community Mental Health Centers     

Essential Elements of Comprehensive Mental Health   

    CORE COMPETENCY: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate    

    Mental Hospitals

    Social Work in the Mental Hospital   

    Aftercare Facilities     

    Therapeutic Clubs    

    Outpatient Psychiatric Clinics    

    Residential Treatment Centers for Children   

    Jails and Prisons  

Special Problems and Issues in Mental Health   

    CORE COMPETENCY: Professional Identity   

    Mental Illness and Homelessness   

    Voluntary and Involuntary Commitment  

    Chronic Mental Illness   


    Teenage Suicide    

    Risk of Suicide         

    Cognitive Therapy with Alcohol and Drug Addictions         


    Work as Therapy        


    Integration of Resources—Values        

    The DSM in Mental Health         




    Core Competency Video / “Building Alliances.”        



10. Social Work in Health Care        


Definition of Social Work in Health Care        

The Meaning of Illness        

    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Behavior         

The Role of Social Work in Health Care         

    CORE COMPETENCY: Professional Identity         

    Social Work in Hospitals        

    Social Work and Illness within the Family        

    Social Work in Public Health        

    Anger Management and Public Health         

    Clients with Disabilities        

    Global Health Care Problems         

The Future of Social Work in Health Care Services         

    CORE COMPETENCY: Policy Practice        

Health Care Reform         

Prevention and Social Work         




    Core Competency Video / “Christine Mitchell.”         



11. Social Work in the Schools


The Education Delivery System: New Approaches         

Problems Plaguing the Public Schools        

    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Behavior         



    School Shootings        





    Teaching Values         

    Assessing the Risk of Violent Behavior        

Beginnings in School Social Work         

Social Work Practice in Schools         

    CORE COMPETENCY: Engage, Assess, Intervene,


    Work with Individuals         

Social Work Using a Group Approach         

    Practice Related to the School System         

School Social Work and the Community         

Working with Minorities        

    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Rights & Justice

    Motivational Interviewing         

    Home Schooling         




    Core Competency Video / “Ed Guzowski.”         



12. Social Security and Public Welfare


    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts

Government’s Responsibility for Welfare

    President Ronald Reagan’s Ideology

The Social Security Act

    CORE COMPETENCY: Research-Based


    Old Age, Survivors, Disability, and Health


    Unemployment Insurance

    Public Assistance

    Supplemental Security Income

    CORE COMPETENCY: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate

    Welfare Reform (TANF)


    Women in Poverty

    General Assistance



    Medicare Reform

    Medicare Drug Prescription Program


    The Social Security Crisis

    Social Services and Social Work

Government and Public Welfare




    Core Competency Video / “Social and Economic Justice.”



13. Family and Child Welfare Services


Marriage/Partner and Family Counseling

    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts

    Kinds of Services

    Kinds of Agencies

    Battered Women

    Rape Crisis

    Changing Family Structures

    Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Welfare Services

In-Home Care of Children

Foster Care of Children

    Reasons for Placement in Foster Care

    Social Work with a Foster Child

    The Foster Parent Movement

Adoption Services

    Indian Child Welfare Act

    CORE COMPETENCY: Policy Practice

    Applicants for Adoption

Child Protective Services

    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Rights & Justice

    Issues and Practices in Protective Services

    Child Physical Abuse

    Child Sexual Abuse



    Core Competency Video / “Sue Dowling.”



14. Correctional Services


The Social Problems of Delinquency and Crime

    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Behavior

Social Work and Corrections

Social Work Practice in Corrections

Processes and Principles

    CORE COMPETENCY: Ethical Practice

    Cognitive Therapy with Criminals

    Motivational Interviewing with Criminals

Social Services and Case Examples

    Police Departments and Youth Bureaus


    Drug Courts

    Mental Health Courts

Social Work in Institutions

    CORE COMPETENCY: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate


    Parole Activities

    Citizenry Involvement

    Youth Services Systems

    The Halfway House





    Core Competency Video / “Contracting with the Client.”



15. Services for Older Americans


Older Americans Act of 1965

    CORE COMPETENCY: Policy Practice

White House Conference on Aging, 1971

Adequate Income

Appropriate Living Arrangements

    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts

Institutional Responsiveness and a New Attitude toward Aging

    Case Management Applied

    Nursing Homes

    Alternatives to Nursing Home Care

    Adult Day Care Centers

    Mental Health

    The Growing Suicide Rate among the Elderly

Independence and Dignity

    CORE COMPETENCY: Ethical Practice


George Black, A Peace Corps Volunteer

    White House Conference on Aging, 1995

    Older People Are Individuals Too

Joy in Working with Older People




    Core Competency Video / “Attending to Changes and Relevant




16. Drug Abuse and Social Work


Misused Drugs and What They Do

    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Behavior








Extent and Cost of Drug Abuse

Programs for Control, Prevention, Treatment

    CORE COMPETENCY: Research-Based


    Government Agencies



    Emergency Care

    Inpatient Services

    Outpatient Services

    Methadone Maintenance

    Full and Partial Narcotic Antagonists

    Therapeutic Communities

    Therapeutic Communities for Young Users

    Treatment for Alcohol Abuse

    Integrating Approaches to Treatment

    Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse


    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts

    Treating Preaddictive Adolescents

    Social Work with Alcohol-Dependent Persons

    Treating Heroin Addiction on an Outpatient Basis

    Social Work with Drug- and Alcohol-Dependent Persons in a Residential





    Core Competency Video / “Maria Moraga.”



17. Services with Minorities


Minority Problems

    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Rights & Justice

    Social Work Intervention with Minorities

    CORE COMPETENCY: Diversity in Practice

Social Services

Educational Developments

    Minority Students

    Minority Faculty

    Curriculum Minority Content




    Core Competency Video / “Maria Moraga.”



18. Social Work in Rural Areas


    CORE COMPETENCY: Human Rights & Justice

Beginnings in Rural Social Work

Rural Social Work Practice

Roles of the Rural Social Worker

    CORE COMPETENCY: Diversity in Practice

    Positive Aspects of Social Work Roles in Rural Communities

Rural Social Service Agencies

    CORE COMPETENCY: Policy Practice

Distance Learning for Rural Social Work




    Core Competency Video / “Assessment” and “Intervention.”



19. Case Management

    CORE COMPETENCY: Diversity in Practice

Historical Developments

Case Management Defined

    CORE COMPETENCY: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate

Case Management Research

    CORE COMPETENCY: Research-Based Practice




    Core Competency Video / “Advocating for the Client.”





20. Social Work: A Maturing Profession


Criteria of a Profession

Historical Background

    CORE COMPETENCY: Diversity in Practice

    Schools of Social Work

    Council on Social Work Education

    National Association of Social Workers

Social Work Today

    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts

    Code of Ethics

    Schools of Social Work


    Private Practice


    Salaries and Jobs

    Elective Offices

    The Changing Nature of Work

    The Path Ahead

    What Does the Future Hold?

    CORE COMPETENCY: Critical Thinking




    Core Competency Video / “Recognizing Personal Values.” 377



21. Social Work Prevention and Enrichment


    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts

Social Work Focus on Prevention

    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts

Problems Involved

Examples of Prevention

    Premarital Counseling

    Preventive Mental Health

    Family Counseling

    Religious Leaders

    Delinquency Prevention

    Families in Crisis

    Suicide Prevention

    Social Work Practice in the Workplace

    Relapse Prevention

Implications of Prevention

Social Work Enrichment




    Core Competency Article / “Want a Social Work Career: Social Work

    Licensing and Legal Regulations.”



22. Social Work and the Future


Professional Maturation

Increase in Services

Professional Identification and Visibility

    CORE COMPETENCY: Professional Identity

Certification and Licensing

Spirituality in Social Work Practice

    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts

Changing Continuum in Social Work Education

Development of the Role of Consultant

Status of the Social Worker

Private Practice

    CORE COMPETENCY: Practice Contexts

The Aging of Our Population

Advocacy Role

Improved Public Relations

Rural Social Work


Expansion of Leadership Roles

Increase in International Social Work



Movement for Higher Quality




    Core Competency Article / “Some Practical Issues in Social

    Work Careers.”


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Name Index

Subject Index

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Farley, O. William
Boyle, Scott W.
Smith, Larry Lorenzo
Services & Welfare
Sociology-Children and Family
Sociology | Social Work
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