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Community Economic Development in Social Work

by Steven D. Soifer, Joseph B. McNeely, Cathy L. Costa & Nancy Pickering-Bernheim Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

Community economic development (CED) is an increasingly essential factor in the revitalization of low- to moderate-income communities. This cutting-edge text explores the intersection of CED and social work...


Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Human Services: Multisystemic Approaches

by Rowena Fong, Alan Dettlaff, Joyce James & Carolyne Rodriguez Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

The issue of racial disproportionality in the child welfare system, particularly as it impacts African-American children and families, has long been a concern to practitioners and policymakers. However, disproportionality...


Baby Boomers of Color: Implications for Social Work Policy and Practice

by Melvin Delgado Columbia University Press (November 18, 2014)

Because researchers often treat baby boomers of color as belonging to one group, quality data on the individual status of specific racial populations is lacking, leading to insufficiently designed programs,...


Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia

by Paul Gionfriddo Columbia University Press (October 07, 2014)

Paul Gionfriddo’s son Tim is one of the “6 percent”—the percentage of all Americans with serious mental illness. He is also one of the half million homeless people with serious mental illnesses in desperate...


Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients

by Dennis Rosen Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

The health-care system in the United States is by far the most expensive in the world, yet its outcomes are decidedly mediocre in comparison to those of other countries. Poor communication between doctors and...


Attachment and Dynamic Practice: An Integrative Guide for Social Workers and Other Clinicians

by Jerrold R. Brandell & Shoshana Ringel Columbia University Press (March 06, 2007)

Contemporary attachment theory both enriches our understanding of human development and informs clinical practice. Examining the relational bonds between young children and their caregivers, it traces its origins...


Generalist Practice: A Task Centered Approach

by Eleanor Reardon Tolson, William J. Reid & Charles D. Garvin Columbia University Press (January 08, 2003)

This essential text presents a "task-centered" methodology—a structured, short-term problem-solving approach—applicable across systems at five levels of practice: the individual, the family, the group, organizations,...


The Black Power Movement and American Social Work

by Joyce M. Bell Columbia University Press (June 17, 2014)

The Black Power movement has often been portrayed in history and popular culture as the quintessential “bad boy” of modern black movement making in America. Yet this image misses the full extent of Black...


Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography

by Stanley L. Witkin Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

Autoethnography is an innovative approach to inquiry in which the researcher is also the subject of the research. Using scholarly and literary devices, the researcher/subject explores the social and cultural...


The Assault on Social Policy

by Susan J. Peters, William Roth & Bernard Sanders Columbia University Press (July 01, 2014)

A number of groups have intensified their attack on social policy over the past ten years, and this revised textbook reflects these developments, along with new research on the hotly contested policy areas of...


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging: Research and Clinical Perspectives

by Douglas Kimmel, Tara Rose & Steven David Columbia University Press (May 09, 2006)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging brings together cutting-edge research, practical information, and innovative thinking regarding the characteristics and processes of aging among lesbian, gay, bisexual,...


What It Means to Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their Children

by Jennifer Hamer Columbia University Press (April 18, 2001)

Absent fathers and households headed by single mothers are frequently blamed for the poor quality of life of African-American children. This book challenges these assumptions, arguing that they are largely an...


The Inner Life of the Dying Person

by Allan Kellehear Columbia University Press (May 27, 2014)

This unique book recounts the experience of facing one’s death solely from the dying person’s point of view rather than from the perspective of caregivers, survivors, or rescuers. Such unmediated access...


Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations

by Alex Gitterman Columbia University Press (May 06, 2014)

Every day, social workers deal with individuals, families, and groups struggling with problems that are often chronic, persistent, acute, and/or unexpected. When community and family support systems are weak...


The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living

by Mari Ruti Columbia University Press (November 12, 2013)

Should we feel inadequate for failing to be healthy, balanced, and well-adjusted? Is such an existential equilibrium realistic or even desirable? Condemning our cultural obsession with cheerfulness and “positive...


African American Children and Families in Child Welfare: Cultural Adaptation of Services

by Ramona Denby & Carla M. Curtis Columbia University Press (October 15, 2013)

This text proposes corrective action to improve the institutional care of African American children and their families, calling attention to the specific needs of this population and the historical, social,...


Interracial Couples, Intimacy, and Therapy: Crossing Racial Borders

by Kyle D. Killian Columbia University Press (September 17, 2013)

Grounded in the personal narratives of twenty interracial couples with multiracial children, this volume uniquely explores interracial couples’ encounters with racism and discrimination, partner difference,...


Social Work Practice Research for the Twenty-first Century

by Anne E. Fortune, Philip McCallion & Katharine Briar-Lawson Columbia University Press (September 04, 2010)

Social work professionals must demonstrate their effectiveness to legislators and governments, not to mention clients and incoming practitioners. A thorough evaluation of the activities, ethics, and outcomes...


Fairbairn's Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting

by David P. Celani Columbia University Press (April 07, 2010)

W. R. D. Fairbairn (1889-1964) challenged the dominance of Freud's drive theory with a psychoanalytic theory based on the internalization of human relationships. Fairbairn assumed that the unconscious develops...


The Life Model of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and Practice (Third Edition)

by Alex Gitterman & Carel B. Germain Columbia University Press (May 27, 2008)

Originally published in 1980, this was the first textbook to apply the ecological approach to practice. Germain and Gitterman have extensively updated and expanded this classic text. In this edition, they have...


The Columbia Guide to Social Work Writing

by Warren Green & Barbara Levy Simon Columbia University Press (July 16, 2012)

Social work practitioners write for a variety of publications, and they are expected to show fluency in a number of related fields. Whether the target is a course instructor, scholarly journal, fellowship organization,...


Reshaping Theory in Contemporary Social Work: Toward a Critical Pluralism in Clinical Practice

by William Borden Columbia University Press (November 05, 2009)

William Borden's persuasive collection of original essays reaffirms the place of theory in social work practice, showing how different theoretical models, therapeutic languages, and modes of intervention strengthen...


Dictionary of Psychopathology

by Henry Kellerman Columbia University Press (February 25, 2009)

Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, theoreticians, practitioners, and other allied professionals who together represent the entire arc of the mental health field must be versed...


Robert N. Butler, MD: Visionary of Healthy Aging

by W. Andrew Achenbaum Columbia University Press (July 30, 2013)

Robert Neil Butler (1927–2010) was a scholar, psychiatrist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who revolutionized the way the world thinks about aging. One of the first psychiatrists to engage with older men...


Confronting Injustice and Oppression: Concepts and Strategies for Social Workers

by David G. Gil Columbia University Press (July 02, 2013)

More urgent than ever, David G. Gil’s guiding text gives social workers the knowledge and confidence they need to change unjust realities. Clarifying the meaning, sources, and dynamics of injustice, exploitation,...


Social Work Values and Ethics

by Frederic G. Reamer Columbia University Press (May 28, 2013)

For more than a decade, teachers and practitioners have chosen Frederic G. Reamer’s Social Work Values and Ethics for its comprehensive introduction to ethical decision making and practical guidance regarding...


The Social Work Interview

by Alfred Kadushin & Goldie Kadushin Columbia University Press (May 14, 2013)

For twenty-five years, The Social Work Interview has been the textbook of choice in social work and other human service courses, as well as an essential professional resource for practitioners. This new edition,...


Social Justice and the Urban Obesity Crisis: Implications for Social Work

by Melvin Delgado Columbia University Press (April 16, 2013)

Urban America is in the midst of an obesity crisis caused by more than just biology and diet. A number of economic, cultural, and contextual factors are causing this epidemic, which can create chronic health...


Social Welfare in East Asia and the Pacific

by Sharlene B.C.L. Furuto Columbia University Press (January 29, 2013)

In this singular collection, indigenous experts describe the social welfare systems of fifteen East Asian and Pacific Island nations and locales. Vastly understudied, these lands offer key insight into the successes...


Hospice Social Work

by Dona J. Reese Columbia University Press (January 08, 2013)

This is the first book to explore the history, characteristics, and challenges of hospice social work, incorporating leading research into an underlying framework for practice and care. A longtime hospice social...


Resiliency Enhancement: Putting the Strength Perspective Into Social Work Practice

by Elaine Norman Columbia University Press (September 19, 2000)

This book bridges the gap between theory and implementation to illustrate how resiliency enhancement enables social workers to put the strengths perspective successfully into practice for their clients. Contributors...


Essential Law for Social Workers

by Robert G. Madden Columbia University Press (October 01, 2003)

-- Sandra Kopels

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

School of Social Work


Best Practices for Social Work with Refugees and Immigrants

by Miriam Potocky Columbia University Press (April 17, 2002)

Social work practice with refugees and immigrants requires specialized knowledge of these populations, and specialized adaptations and applications of mainstream services and interventions. Because they are...


Social Administration

by Roger A. Lohmann & Nancy Lohmann Columbia University Press (September 26, 2001)

By making explicit linkages both to social work practice and to the history of management thought, covering the rapidly expanding field of nonprofit studies, and incorporating management approaches from Henri...


Human Services Management: Organizational Leadership in Social Work Practice

by David Austin Columbia University Press (November 18, 2002)

Human services management occurs in nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit sectors and involves a wide variety of organizational structures. These diverse conditions shape the effort to produce and project...


Social Capital and Welfare Reform: Organizations, Congregations, and Communities

by Jo Anne Schneider Columbia University Press (February 01, 2006)

In this groundbreaking study, Jo Anne Schneider considers the reasons behind the limited success of most welfare reform initiatives and offers evidence-based recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of...


Invisible Caregivers: Older Adults Raising Children in the Wake of HIV/AIDS

Championing Child Care

by Sally S. Cohen & Senator Christopher Dodd Columbia University Press (July 06, 2001)

-- Joyce Gelb, City University of New York, American Political Science Review


They Still Pick Me Up When I Fall: The Role of Caring in Youth Development and Community Life

by Diana Mendley Rauner Columbia University Press (September 19, 2000)

This book is a call to action to parents, youth workers, policymakers—anyone who works for and worries about the next generation—to recognize and promote the values of caring in public and private life. It...


Meds, Money, and Manners: The Case Management of Severe Mental Illness

by Jerry Floersch Columbia University Press (March 06, 2002)

-- Rafael Herrera, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare


Social Work Practice with Immigrants and Refugees

Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services

by Frederic G. Reamer Columbia University Press (August 28, 2012)

Should a therapist disclose personal information to a client, accept a client’s gift, or provide a former client with a job? Is it appropriate to exchange email or text messages with clients or correspond...


Educational Supervision in Social Work: A Task-Centered Model for Field Instruction and Staff Development

by Jonathan Caspi & William J. Reid Columbia University Press (November 21, 2002)

This book provides a comprehensive examination of instructional supervision and introduces the Task-Centered Model for Educational Supervision (TCS). It begins by reviewing the history of educational supervision...


Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives

by Louis Kontos, David C. Brotherton & Luis Barrios Columbia University Press (May 01, 2003)

Compiled by three leading experts in the psychological, sociological, and criminal justice fields, this volume addresses timely questions from an eclectic range of positions. The product of a landmark conference...


Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services

by Jeane W. Anastas Columbia University Press (January 28, 2000)

Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services integrates a range of research techniques into a single epistemological framework and presents a balanced approach to the teaching of research methods in...


Transforming the Legacy: Couple Therapy with Survivors of Childhood Trauma

by Kathryn Karusaitis Basham & Dennis Miehls Columbia University Press (October 27, 2004)

-- Janet R. Johnston, San Jose State University and executive director of Protecting Children from Conflict, an affiliate of the Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition


Resiliency Enhancement: Putting the Strength Perspective Into Social Work Practice

by Elaine Norman Columbia University Press (July 24, 2012)

This book bridges the gap between theory and implementation to illustrate how resiliency enhancement enables social workers to put the strengths perspective successfully into practice for their clients. Contributors...


The Loss of a Life Partner: Narratives of the Bereaved

by Carolyn Ambler Walter Columbia University Press (March 05, 2003)

Although there is extensive research on the loss of a spouse, predominantly focusing on the experiences of widows, much less attention is paid to bereaved partners not married to their significant other, whether...


Gay Men Choosing Parenthood

by Gerald P. Mallon Columbia University Press (January 07, 2004)

Gay parenting is a topic on which almost everyone has an opinion but almost nobody has any facts. Here at last is a book based on a thorough review of the literature, as well as interviews with a pioneering...


Addressing Rape Reform in Law and Practice

by Susan Caringella Columbia University Press (November 20, 2008)

The first comprehensive book on rape since Susan Brownmiller's Against Our Will and Susan Estrich's Real Rape, this volume probes every aspect of rape law and the discrepancies between ideal law (on the books)...