Introduction to Social Work: An Advocacy-based Profession

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Introduction to Social Work, Second Edition.

The SAGE edge site for Introduction to Social Work by Lisa E. Cox, Carolyn J. Tice, and Dennis D. Long offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.

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The best-selling Introduction to Social Work takes students to the root of the social work profession by covering its history, practice settings, and career paths within a unique advocacy framework. This advocacy practice and policy model comprised of four components—economic and social justice, a supportive environment, human needs and rights, and political access—provides an effective lens for viewing today’s social issues. Throughout the book, an emphasis on advocacy underscores the transformative opportunities and contributions of social work on not just the clinical/client level, but also at organizational, community, national, and international levels. The Second Edition closely aligns with the latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and references the 2017 Code of Ethics from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Through the authors’ inclusion of reflective practice, students will be encouraged to engage in critical thought and contemplate a career in social work.


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 College of Lake County and Lillian Marie Wallace of Arizona State University for developing the ancillaries on this site.