Overview: The fifth edition of this innovative text continues to emphasize a generalist, empowerment-oriented approach, along with practice strategies and techniques for working toward individual client and social change. Highlights of the Fifth Edition: - The integration of material on practice, human behavior, policy, and research makes this text a unifying piece of any social work curriculum and a good fit for the new CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards - New boxes in each chapter highlight the connection between practice, policy, and research. - Sensitizes students to human diversity and ways to increase cultural competence in practice. - The comprehensive instructor's manual and test bank, written by the authors, completely outlines the book and offers activities, exercises, and handouts for each chapter. What Reviewers Are Saying: "The major strengths of this text include the following: (1) a generalist framework that reflects the multi-faceted nature of contemporary social work practice; (2) an empowerment-oriented approach that views clients as partners in the helping process; (3) a readable style that is accessible to a broad audience; (4) fundamental concepts that are applicable to a wide range of social work practice environments." "--Andrew Scharlach, University of California-Berkeley" "Overall, I consider this to be an excellent text. The best one I have yet found for use in teaching generalist practice concepts, process, and methods...." "--Cynthia Bishop, Meredith College" [ Insert MyHelpingLab Advertisement ]The Fifth Edition of this innovative text continues to emphasize a generalist, empowerment-oriented approach, along with practice strategies and techniques for working toward individual client and social change. The Fifth Edition updates the contemporary themes of social work practice into an integrated practice process. New resources extend the research base, add breadth and depth, and position this book as a defining work for articulating an empowerment-based method of social work practice.