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Introduction to Social Work is a timely new text by a leading team of authors for introductory courses in social work. This book presents a unique framework for understanding the historical development of social work, the key figures influencing social work history, the various practice settings, and the type of work performed.  This book frames the course by social advocacy and presents all the pertinent information under the lens of social workers as client and community activists. This is a timely approach and will give a clear distinction amongst competing books. In recent years, social workers are taking a much more active approach in client and community advocacy. This involves advocacy at a clinical/client level, but also at a community, national and international level. 


We gratefully acknowledge Lisa E. Cox, Carolyn J. Tice, and Dennis D. Long for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Mick Cullen of the College of Lake County, Cheri Sinnott of the College of Lake County, and Alice Gates of the University of Portland for creating the assets on this site.