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The Social Work Experience: An Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare 4th Edition

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About the Author

Mary Ann Suppes received her baccalaureate degree as well as her MSW degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently a professor social work at in the Department of Behavioral Science and Social Work Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has been actively involved with the Council on Social Work Education as a member of the CSWE Accreditation Commission for many years, chairing numerous accreditation site visits and research committees. Professor Suppes is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, holds the ACSW, and is a member of the Nominations and Leadership Identification Committee of the Wisconsin NASW Chapter.

Carolyn Cressy Wells received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MSW and Ph.D. in child development and family relationships from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Currently, she is professor of Social work at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she developed the social work program and currently serves as program director. She is an active member of the Council on Social Work Education, the NASW, the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She is the author of three other social work texts: Social Work Day to Day: The Experience of Generalist Social Work Practice, Stepping to the Dance: The Training of a Family Therapist, and Social Work Ethics Day to Day: Guidelines for Professional Practice. She maintained a small private practice in individual and family therapy for many years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 4 edition (August 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072485973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072485974
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,764,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author needs to tone back her personal opinions on politics. Not every person going into Social work agrees on the same politics. While reading this (for class) I felt as though I were being lead what to believe and vote a certain way simply because the author was COMPLETELY one-sided. Phrases like "unfortunately Bush was elected into presidency..." and "Thank goodness for president Obama..." Phrases like this are scattered throughout the entire book with no holding back on how the author feels. If this is suppose to be an educational book- take out the bias and just present the facts. Terrible book-most everybody in my class agreed with me as well- way too political and not educational. Also-there is NO glossary for words that are bolded. Sometimes there aren't even definitions for words that are in bold. The layout of the book and the Titles are also very misleading and confusing. I cant believe this book is being used at a university. I learned nothing.
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This book was assigned by my professor. It is extremely bias and just hates on anyone who is not extremely liberal.
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Did Barack Obama force the schools to use this textbook? Because wow. So disappointing that the authors feel they need to make social work a political issue. I was required to have this book as an intro to Social Work class but there are other books that could have been used instead. All I can say is that I'm glad that I didn't purchase it. It has an apparent agenda that anyone can see. I will be writing a letter to the university to suggest they change the textbook for this class.
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So I was forced to buy this book for a class that I'm taking. Most of us feel the same about textbooks...*yawns*. I have to say this textbook does give you a lot of information but it also has a lot of stories from case studies and anecdotal. It makes the textbook a more interesting read and really personalizes the study material and gives it a face.

Pleasantly surprised that I can enjoy reading this textbook as compared to most textbooks that serve as a sleep aid for me.
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By Morgan on October 11, 2013
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This text has been so helpful. I read it every week. I really wish I could figure out how to blow up the font without zooming in
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By Robbie on January 26, 2014
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Very practical. I WILL NOT SAY IT IS A GOOD BOOK AS THERE ARE 9 DEFINITIONS OF GOOD. You will understand if you read the book.
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This was purchased for my Social Work class. The book itself looks a little boring. Its black and white all throughout, no pictures inside and certainly not as colorful as the outside is, but is packed with lots and lots of understandable useful information. The case studies are awesome and an interesting introduction to every chapter which encourages you to want to read further. Not a bad book to study especially if its required. Hope this helps!
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M daughter rented this book for a class she is enrolled in, she has not indicated any problems to me.
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