Social Work and Social Welfare

An Invitation


Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation

Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation is a nationally recognized, best-selling text and unique website for US Introductory Social Work and Social Welfare courses. It provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values that are essential for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and public policy in a variety of practice settings.

This new third edition is an up-to-date profile of the world in which today’s social workers practice, with current demographic, statistical, legislative, policy, and research information; sensitive discussions of contemporary ethical issues; and new first-person narratives from social workers in a variety of fields. The call to become engaged in some of society’s most challenging issues is clearer than in previous editions.

  • Taylor and Francis; May 2013
  • ISBN 9781136314353
  • Read online
  • Title: Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Author: Marla Berg-Weger
  • Imprint: Routledge

In The Press

"This is the perfect intro social work text! I love that there is an entire chapter devoted to poverty. Students are provided with a thorough understanding of practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels, including the opportunities and challenges facing today’s social work profession. It is comprehensive, interesting, and accessible."—Jessica Ritter, Social Work, Pacific University

"This third edition of Social Work and Social Welfare is an outstanding text for social work students. It has numerous topics ranging from the history of social welfare to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The end of each chapter has a summary of main points and exercises. This text is useful for social work students because, among other topics, it provides history, poverty, social work environment, values and ethics, diversity, types of practice, practice groups, work with families, other groups, communities, and organizations. Every social worker needs knowledge about these topics."—Ski Hunter, Social Work, University of Texas, Arlington

"Highlighting the connection between politics, social programs, and social and economic justice raises thought-provoking questions that all future social workers must consider. The interactive case studies represent a well-chosen range of challenges and problems and will help my students understand and apply social work methods at all levels of practice."—Joy Swanson Ernst, Social Work, Hood College

"Berg-Weger’s introduction text breaks down complex principles into manageable sections. The concepts are well organized and the exercises at the end of each chapter provide practical examples to enhance student learning. My students are inspired by the case studies and practice experiences to explore the field of social work."—Danilea Werner, Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, Auburn University

About The Author

Marla Berg-Weger is a professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University, Missouri, where she also serves as the Director of Field Education. Dr. Berg-Weger has been a social worker for over three decades and holds social work degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Her social work practice experience includes public social welfare services, domestic violence services, mental health, and health care social work. Her research and writing focuses on social work practice and gerontological social work, particularly in the areas of older adult mobility and family caregiving. With Julie Birkenmaier, she co-authored the textbook The Practicum Companion for Social Work: Integrating Class and Field Work. With Birkenmaier and Marty DeWeese, she co-authored another book in this series, Contemporary Social Work Practice. She is the past president of the Association of Gerontology in Social Work and currently serves as the Secretary. She also serves as the Chair of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work Editorial Board Executive Committee. She is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, a Co-Convenor of the Society’s Transportation Interest Group, and a member of the Publications Committee.