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ISBN: 978-0-87101-447-4. 2014. Item #4474. 528 pages
Do you know the definitions of "anamnesis," "eustress," "sarcopenia," "redecision therapy"
These and thousands of other terms are defined in the sixth edition of The Social Work Dictionary.
This new, updated edition includes:
- definitions of terms that are consistent with those in the DSM-5 and the International Classification of Diseases
- terms used by social work clinical practitioners, educators, administrators, researchers, advocates, and many others
- names of social welfare organizations, government programs, and private foundations that social workers encounter
- a chronology of important historical events and pivotal figures in the development of social work and social welfare
The Social Work Dictionary is used by those who write licensing examination questions and those who conduct license preparation courses. It is the foundational communications tool in undergraduate and graduate courses as well as continuing education programs.
Recognized by social work educators, researchers, practitioners, students, and policymakers as an essential guide to clear and precise communication in the profession, this indispensable reference work should be on the bookshelves of all social workers and human services professionals in the United States and abroad.
Those of us who have been in practice for the past several decades have witnessed a continually changing social work landscape, and our professional language has had to shift to capture this expansion of the field. Dr. Barker is the foremost expert in this endeavor; he helps us document our past efforts, our present reality, and our future path. The dictionary is a key element of our knowledge base.
Each edition of The Social Work Dictionary is a tremendous undertaking. Perhaps not since the original writing has the need for such a work been so critical. Today, social work methods and research have expanded; we are working with an unprecedented diversity and number of clients, and social workers can be found in settings from individual practice to Congress and every level in between. When we add to that the changes in social programs, especially health and mental health care reform, the numbers of veterans requiring services, the needs of the baby boom generation, and an increasing immigrant population, we recognize that social work is broader than ever before.
In this age of instant communication, technological shortcuts, and superficial information, Dr. Barker maintains the highest standards. This volume, while containing concise entries, is both comprehensive and thorough, and social workers can rely on the dictionary to obtain accurate information to specific practice questions. Like Black’s Law Dictionary for attorneys or the Physicians’ Desk Reference for doctors, The Social Work Dictionary is an essential tool for any social work student, social work educator or practitio- ner, or human services professional. It has much to offer, including thousands of entries, abbreviations and acronyms, and milestones for the profession.
Dr. Barker has called the dictionary a "labor of love." We are grateful he has devoted his incredible skills to such a task, and we thank him for his efforts on behalf of the social work profession and especially on behalf of NASW.
We know you will find The Social Work Dictionary a valuable addition to your personal library and that you will turn to it frequently as a definitive resource of professional knowledge.
Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, MPH, ACSW
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Social Workers
Dr. Barker has worked with various social advocacy groups and is particularly interested in international social welfare, homelessness, and research on effective use of social work personnel. He has taught social work skills in Europe and Latin America as well as in the United States. As part of a research project, he spent several months living as a homeless person in various U.S. cities. During his military service, he cofounded and led the Society of Air Force Social Workers.
Dr. Barker received his MSW from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his doctorate from Columbia University, New York. He founded and edited the Journal of Independent Social Work (later the Journal of Analytic Social Work) and has written more than 100 articles for professional journals, numerous articles for popular magazines and newspapers, several unpublished novels, and 23 published books.
His published books include Forensic Social Work: Legal Aspects of Professional Practice; Treating Couples in Crisis: Fundamentals and Practice in Marital Therapy; The Green-Eyed Marriage: Overcoming Jealous Relationships; Social Work in Private Practice: Milestones in Social Work and Social Welfare; The Business of Psychotherapy; Private Practice Administration for Therapists, Counselors and Social Workers; The Resource Book; Differential Use of Social Work Manpower (with Thomas L. Briggs); Educating Undergraduates for Professional Social Work Roles; Using Teams to Deliver Social Workers; and all six editions of The Social Work Dictionary.