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Karen K. Kirst-Ashman’s introductory text enhances students’ ability to grasp the essence and spirit of generalist social work and the issues in social welfare that social workers address everyday. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK & SOCIAL WELFARE: CRITICAL THINKING PERSPECTIVES, 3E gives students who are contemplating a career in social work a solid introduction to the profession. Using clear, engaging prose, author Kirst-Ashman presents a balanced, introductory look within a unifying theme of critical thinking that trains students to be more evaluative of key concepts. The topics covered include practice concepts, social welfare policy concepts, history and current state of the profession, the contexts of practice and populations served, and student development. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.