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Part I: UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE: KEY CONCEPTS AND PERSPECTIVES. 1. Social Welfare, Past and Present. 2. Social Work and Other Helping Professions. 3. The Ecological/Systems Perspective. 4. Diversity and Social Justice. Part II: SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: METHODS OF INTERVENTION. 5. Social Work with Individuals, Families, and Groups. 6. Generalist Practice with Agencies and the Community. Part III: FIELDS OF PRACTICE AND POPULATIONS SERVED BY SOCIAL WORK. 7. Poverty, Income Assistance, and Homelessness. 8. Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Disabilities. 9. Health Care. 10. The Needs of Children, Youth, and Families. 11. Services to Children, Youth, and Families. 12. Older Adults: Needs and Services. 13. Criminal Justice. 14. Social Work in Rural Settings. 15. Social Work in the Workplace. 16. The Globalization of Social Work: What Does the Future Hold? Appendix: A Final Word to Our Readers. Glossary. Index.

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Guy Shuttlesworth, a noted gerontology authority, is a professor emeritus from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught policy and practice courses as well as developed a gerontology program. His research interests include long-term care and rural America. Joseph Heffernan taught policy and research courses at the University of Texas at Austin before retiring. He has significant macro-level experience with policy analysis, with particular emphasis on poverty and economic issues relating to social welfare. Robert Ambrosino is a lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio. A seasoned instructor in policy, research, community practice courses, and transformational leadership, he has also taught at St. Edwards University in Austin and the University of Texas at Austin. With his extensive experience in macro practice, Dr. Ambrosino served as deputy commissioner of the Texas Department of Human Services, developed Texas food stamp electronic benefits cards, and worked as executive director of a statewide Texas nonprofit family and youth services agency. He received his Ph.D. from State University of New York at Albany and his bachelor's degree from Siena College. Rosalie Ambrosino is professor and interim chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she teaches policy and cultural competence. She previously taught research, human behavior, and practice courses in child welfare. She also served on the faculty and as head of the BSW Program at the University of Texas at Austin for 18 years. Dr. Ambrosino has extensive social work experience in settlement houses/community centers, child welfare, school social work, and administration. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, her master's degree at Antioch University, and her bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota.

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