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Books Available:

Ethics in Health Care Social Work Practice

This text focuses on ethical issues prevalent in contemporary health care and examines how these issues impact decision-making by patients, professionals and other involved parties. It presents the challenges to determining appropriate interventions and highlights the role of social work in addressing concerns that arise among those receiving and providing care. The philosophic underpinnings and practice skills associated ethical service delivery are highlighted.

The Evolving Practice of Social Work Within Integrated Care

This volume commemorates the tenth year of the Society's highly regarded Exemplars in Health Care Social Work Practice Series. Unfolding changes in national health policy, medical technology, consumer expectations, reimbursement, professional availability, and marketplace competition are prompting new health care practices with dramatic implications for social work. Twelve established practitioners and academics discuss the environmental issues impacting health, health care delivery, social work practice and education for contemporary health care service environments. Three variations of the signature pedagogy of social work education, the field placement, are additionally featured with analysis of their design and student impact. Practitioners and educators will find this volume to be a valuable addition to their professional libraries. As with all series volumes, six CEU credits conferred by NASW are available upon request at no charge.

Health Care Social Work Leadership in Crisis and Disaster Response

Throughout history, crises and disasters have occurred with traumatic impacts on life and property.  Often unexpected and without warning, these events have taxed individuals and communities as they make effort to both recover from the immediate circumstance and put into place mechanisms to minimize recurrence of such threat.  Within recent history, the United States has experienced devastating natural disasters including floods, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes and major snowstorms as well as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, military conflicts and calamities such as the Murrow Federal Building, World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings, structural fires like the Rhode Island night club disaster and various major transportation related mishaps.

Health care social work has a commendable history of demonstrating leadership in crises and disaster response.  This new text highlights both issues and techniques associated with crises and disaster response.  In so doing, seven distinguished authors discuss the significance of crisis intervention and offer evidence as to the crucial roles played by social work in striving to safeguard public health and welfare.

Cultural Competence in Health Care Social Work Practice

The increasing racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity of America, coupled with continuing disparities in illness and death among people of color presents a significant challenge to health care  providers. Culture has a fundamental bearing on decisions of how health care services are offered and  utilized. Sensitivity to the values, norms, traditions, belief systems and histories of differing client populations consequently is crucial if such services are to be appropriately targeted, accessed and  utilized.

Eleven accomplished authors in this newest series edition provide a clear basis on which to advance culturally competent health care practice. Following Bertera's overview of the need for cultural competence, Neuman and her colleagues present a transactional model for practice. While Trachtenberg promotes the use of training as a strategy in organizing and designing cultural change in organizations, Anderson and Miller examine techniques for training workers and interpreters assisting clients with limited English proficiency. Differing roles and approaches to culturally competent practice are further delineated by Fairchild and Reyes as they detail the development of a university hospital's approach to caring for new immigrant populations and Simon as she underscores the significantly historic role of settlement houses in providing culturally sensitive community care.

As with other editions to the "Exemplars" series, this newest Society publication provides readers with  the opportunity to earn six hours of continuing education credit. The text will prove to be a useful, contemporary addition to any health care professional's library!

Senior Services Delivery: Ethical Issues and Responses

With the numbers of seniors aged 65 and older expected to rise to a current level of 38 million to nearly 90 million by the year 2050, attention to this population becomes of paramount importance for the profession of social work. This edition of the Exemplars Series focuses on select aspects of senior services delivery particularly as they pose ethical dilemmas to care providers. Highlighted are the creative programs addressing psychosocial issues for individuals' coping with the aging process, their care givers, and the communities in which they live.


Education for Health Care Social Work Practice: Issues and Directions

The health care environment is in significant flux induced by newly legislated national policy, changing demographics, innovative technologies, concern about physician availability and increasing reimbursement pressures affecting profit margins and service accessibility.  Social work practice must creatively evolve to meet these challenges.  Ten social work leaders and educators discuss education for health care practice in contemporary integrated care environments characterized by changing patient care demands, practice contexts, professional roles and methodologies.

Immigration: Health Care Social Work Policy and Practice Issues

For over two centuries, people from around the world have been drawn to the United States in search of political, economic and social freedom.  The U.S. has, in fact, often been referred to as a "melting pot" of diverse populations yearning for safety, gainful employment and the opportunity for self-expression.  Times have changed, however, in terms of the backgrounds of individuals entering the United States and their subsequent experiences in our country.  Social work has a historic involvement with immigrants and with this legacy has a crucial continuing role to engage on behalf of newcomers in need.  Eleven social work practitioners and academicians explore social work health care practice, encourage an active role for social work in policy determination and outline interventions found to be effective with immigrant populations.


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