Human Services in Contemporary America,
10th Edition

William R. Burger

ISBN-13: 9781305966840 | ISBN-10: 1305966848

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 384 pages

List Price USD $149.95


Reflecting the latest policies and practices, HUMAN SERVICES IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, 10th Edition uses a unique multidisciplinary approach to deliver a comprehensive overview of the helping field, its available programs, and the practical skills workers can employ. Completely up-to-date and written in a clear, non-technical style, the text illustrates how recent governmental policy shifts impact the way human services professionals work. Its presentation of the history and practice of human services through the lens of a social problems and policy perspective is truly unique. As you progress from chapter to chapter, you'll see how social, economic, and political issues may affect you as a human services worker as well as the people you serve. Practical and relevant, the text is packed with captivating, real-life examples of human services work across the country. It also provides invaluable information on selected careers within the field.

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William R. Burger is a Full Professor at The City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College. He has served as the Chairperson of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Human Services and formerly served as the Director of the Mental Health and Human Services Program. Dr. Burger has developed and taught a range of Human Services courses, has been a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities, and has written guest articles for various newspapers. He is a well-known figure within the Human Services field.

  • Expanded coverage offers additional insights into target populations or those who are the recipients of human services.
  • The author presents an examination of the nation's human services system under the Obama presidency and a look ahead to the presidency decided in November 2016.
  • Updated to reflect the latest policies and practices, this edition includes new and expanded coverage of drugs and substance abuse today, new and expanded material on multi-cultural counseling and working with diverse populations, and discussion of many other timely topics.
  • New "Real Life Human Services Work" sections -- which feature first-person accounts of typical days in the lives of human services professionals -- illustrate the evolving nature of the field in contemporary America.
  • Outlines, case studies, dialogues, tables, and examples promote discussion and sharpen students' capacity to think critically about various issues. They also give readers hands-on experience grappling with human services issues and dilemmas from real-world practice.
  • The text illustrates how current governmental policy shifts have affected the way human services professionals work, discusses what resources are available, and explains how organizations function -- providing students with valuable insight.
  • "Real Life Human Services Work" features offer first-person accounts of typical days in the lives of human services professionals, giving readers a feel for what it is really like working in the field.
  • Author Dr. William Burger explores the ways in which social programs have become the focus of intense political controversy, and examines the reasons why programs such as welfare are cited as the cause of societal problems rather than a solution for them.
  • Current, comprehensive, and packed with real-world examples that bring chapter concepts to life, HUMAN SERVICES IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, 10th Edition thoroughly examines the skills necessary for effective human services work.
  • Discussions of multicultural awareness help students understand the importance of cultural considerations when working with diverse populations.

Table of Contents

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1. Human Services in the United States Today.
2. Groups in Need.
3. Human Services in Historical Perspective.
4. Theoretical Perspectives.
5. The Human Services Worker.
6. Careers in Human Services.
7. Social Policy.
8. Prevention in Human Services.
9. Current Controversies and Issues.

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Human Services in Contemporary America

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