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Introduction to Human Services 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205439614
ISBN-10: 0205439616
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From the Back Cover

Introduction to Human Services, First Edition

 

By:Michelle Martin (Judson College)

Overview:

This highly readable human services text offers a generalist view of the breadth and scope of human services.

 

Features:

Ten practice settings are explored in depth, including the history and role of the human service professional, common clinical issues, and intervention strategies used within a given practice setting.

A chapter on faith-based agencies, a long neglected practice setting, focuses on agencies from three of the world’s major religions. 

Native American issues, including a history of governmental oppression, are covered. 

A comprehensive chapter on Macro Practice addresses this growing and important field, including social injustice such as crimes against women and children, hate crimes, sweatshops, human sex trafficking, FGM, and economic injustice in developing countries. 

 

What Reviewers Are Saying:

 

”The strengths of this new text include the depth and breadth of topics presented; the application of information to real cases; the comprehensive look at the nature and qualifications of the profession; and the organization of the material.  I would definitely consider using this text for my introductory course in human services.”

      --Joyce Clohessey, Westmoreland County Community College

 

“The approach taken by Martin is refreshing, as it ‘cuts to the chase’ of the helping profession. Many students enter the field of helping with only an abstract sense of their career path. Martin’s approach would assist students in having a more concrete view of the populations and issues in the helping professions as well as the individual skills and knowledge base needed by the professional.  I especially enjoy the idea of having more information on faith based work, as many of my students express an interest in this area.”

                                                 --Stephanie Ziegler Briggs, Central Piedmont Community College

 

 

 

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205439616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205439614
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Martin has worked in the social work field for over three decades in a range of practice settings, including adoptions, victim advocacy and hospice. She has taught social work and human services for over 15 years. Dr. Martin has a PhD in Peace Studies, a master's degree Global Policy Studies, and an MSW. She is the author of three books, and other publications focusing on international social work, international human rights violations, and peace and conflict.

Dr. Martin also has an interest in middle age, with a particular focus on how women traverse the ever-complicated journey of midlife, empty nesting, divorce, and dating in midlife. She is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post where she blogs about her own midlife journey involving increased authenticity and transparency. She is currently working on a book inspired by her blogs called Aging Naked: More Passion, Fewer Masks. Visit Dr. Martin's Aging Naked™ website at www.agingnaked.com.

Dr. Martin is the single parent of one son, currently away at college. She lives in the Chicago area with her Golden Retriever, Sawyer.

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Although this book provided an excellent overview of the human service industry, it was extremely biased. I was surprised at the number of direct jabs she had for the Bush/Cheney administration and Republicans in general, that were often times irrelevant and unfounded. This undertone clouded the general purpose of this book for me, and as a result, I began to develop a negative perception of human services throughout the semester. Michelle E. Martin may want to reconsider this liberal bias when publishing her next textbook.
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This is a very good book written in easy-to-understand language. I usually do not like to read text books, but this book keeps one's attention and makes the information interesting.
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Martin has written a fantastic textbook for students wanting to go into the human services profession. I have taught Foundations of Human Services to undergraduates using the Martin textbook for the past three years. My students always comment that the Martin textbook is timely, informative, and easy to read, unlike other textbooks. Students also said that they loved reading this books because the information is practical and written in such a way that it draws them into the book and provides a solid foundation as they move through their undergraduate studies. I highly recommend this textbook and plan to continue using this textbook for future classes. Martin is a fantastic writer and I look forward to future editions and possibly future books.
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Fast, friendly and on time was what I needed and it was delivered 100%!!
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