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A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals
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Table of Contents

1 Writing Is Just Talking With a Few Rules 2 Getting Started 3 Punctuation and Grammar 4 Using the Correct Word 5 The APA Crib Sheet 6 Plagiarism, Proper Credit to Original Sources, and the Role of Human Subjects Protection 7 Writing Objective Client Assessments 8 Business Letters, Referrals, Complaints, Committee Minutes, Reference Letters, and Mission Statements 9 Resumes and Cover Letters 10 Locating Relevant Information for Reports and Research Proposals 11 Writing the Research Report 12 Requesting Money 13 Writing for the Popular Press 14 Writing Course Outlines, Professional Workshops, and Brochures 15 Using the Internet and the Laws Governing Privacy (HIPAA) 16 How Writing Can Change Our Lives

About the Author

Morley D. Glicken is professor emeritus in social work at California State University, San Bernardino and the director of the Institute for Positive Growth in Tucson, Arizona. He earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and his Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Social Work degrees from the University of Utah. He has published over 50 articles and books, including Social Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Social Problems, Social Welfare Organizations, and the Profession of Social Work, Second Edition and Evidence-Based Counseling and Psychotherapy with an Aging Population. More information about Dr. Glicken can be found on his website: www.morleyglicken.com.

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Like the author's 2008 work, this update is a concise resource for students and professionals in the human-services fields who seek to improve their writing skills. Written by Glicken, an educator and social-work practitioner, the guide provides detailed descriptions with helpful and often humorous examples spanning a myriad of writing genres. Also included is guidance on how to choose a topic, the correct use of grammar, and recommended best practices for writing business letters, complaints, and mission statements. The updated second edition also includes writing etiquette for social media, useful techniques for writing on sensitive topics, and relevant writing practice exercises suitable for both small groups and individuals. The goal is to improve critical-thinking skills and show readers how to make logical arguments supported by research. Throughout the work Glicken articulates the importance of writing well in all aspects of society, and he gives readers useful, practical tips for being the best writers they can be. Recommended for teachers and writing center practitioners in pertinent fields, but particularly beginning students pursuing careers in the human services. Summing Up: Recommended. Community college and lower-level undergraduate students; professionals/practitioners. * CHOICE *
"Comprehensive, yet concise, extremely engaging with practical `real-world' examples." - Oliver J. Johnson, Fayetteville State University -- Oliver J. Johnson, Fayetteville State University
"This book is a good starter text for getting new social workers to understand the power and variety of writing everyone in the profession does over the course of their careers." - Tracey Mabrey, DePaul University -- Tracey Mabrey, DePaul University
"Glicken's textbook helps us empower competent social work practitioners to communicate effectively. Students always find something interesting and valuable, and the text does what it intends-it makes my students better writers." -Patti West-Okiri, Western New Mexico University -- Patti West-Okiri, Western New Mexico University
"This book is a good starter text for getting new social workers to understand the power and variety of writing everyone in the profession does over the course of their careers." - Tracey Mabrey, DePaul University -- Tracey Mabrey, DePaul University
"Tailored as no other text is to meet the needs of the human services student and paraprofessional and the most readable text I've reviewed." - Karen L. Neal, Queens University of Charlotte -- Karen L. Neal, Queens University of Charlotte
"Glicken's textbook helps us empower competent social work practitioners to communicate effectively. Students always find something interesting and valuable, and the text does what it intends-it makes my students better writers." - Patti West-Okiri, Western New Mexico University -- Patti West-Okiri, Western New Mexico University
"Tailored as no other text is to meet the needs of the human services student and paraprofessional and the most readable text I've reviewed." - Karen L. Neal, Queens University of Charlotte -- Karen L. Neal, Queens University of Charlotte

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