Social Work

Social Work is a journal for social workers. It was founded in 1956 and is published quarterly by the National Association of Social Workers.Subjects include sociology.The editor in chief is Jorge Delva.

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 4, October

A Study of Community Guides: Lessons for Professionals Practicing with and in Communities
Social workers appreciate the knowledge local populations have to solve local problems, but theory and models of practice are often generated in settings outside the communities in which they are used. An emerging postmodern critique of how social...
A User-Friendly Approach to Program Evaluation and Effective Community Interventions for Families at Risk of Homelessness
Practitioners who administer social programs seek usable knowledge from academic researchers that encompasses the critical issues of the times and the problem of hands-on management (Schuman & Abramson, 2000). Practitioners in small nonprofit organizations...
Comprehensive Community Initiatives: A Rural Perspective
Over the past 20 years, comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs) have re-emerged as a development strategy for disadvantaged communities throughout the United States. The CCI strategy uses coalitions of public and private agencies, religious organizations,...
Guidelines for Ethical Practice in Community Organization
Community organizers often encounter ethical dilemmas in practice. Most organizers engage on a regular basis with community residents, constituency groups, local institutions, and government decision makers. Consequently, most practice activities occur...
Innovations in the Management of Child Protection Workers: Building Worker Resilience
Taking children away from their parents is risky business. Child protective services (CPS) workers are charged with monumental tasks and ever-increasing caseloads. As a countywide CPS supervisor in New Mexico, I shared the pain of one caseworker who...
Privatized Management in Urban Public Housing: A Comparative Analysis of Social Service Availability, Utilization, and Satisfaction
Privatizing state, local, and federal services has been a tradition in the United States for many years (Hayes, 1994). Privatization occurs when government sectors transfer partial or full responsibility for a variety of public services to the private...
Relevant Books Received
America's Quiet Unknown Heroes. Marlene E. Coach. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004, 212 pages. ISBN: 0-7618-2753-6 $45.00 paperback. Changing Welfare Services: Case Studies of Local Welfare Reform Programs. Michael J. Austin (Editor)....
Social Work Misconduct May Lead to Liability
"It is as much the duty of Government to render prompt justice against itself, in favor of its citizens, as it is to administer the same between private individuals" (President Abraham Lincoln, First speech to Congress, 1861). In a recent U.S. Court...
Social Work Readers Describe "Useful Knowledge"
Four times each year the journal Social Work arrives in the mail of the 150,000 members of NASW, concrete evidence of the commitment of our profession to the development and dissemination of knowledge. As social workers, we understand that our knowledge...
The Kosovo Family Support Project: Offering Psychosocial Support for Families with Missing Persons
This article presents a case that illustrates the vital role that social workers and other mental health and public health workers provided to support families following the 1999 conflict between Serb forces and Kosovar Albanians in Kosovo. A public...
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