Professional Writing for Social Work Practice

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Professional Writing for Social Work Practice

SKU# 9780826109262

Author: Daniel Weisman MSW, PhD, Joseph Zornado PhD


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Many social work students today lack the basic writing skills they will need to practice effectively with clients. This user-friendly guide to effective writing skills focuses specifically on the types of writing social work practitioners are required to do in everyday practice: writing for agency reports, client documentation, court letters, and grant writing applications, among other documents. It includes abundant real-world examples drawn from all arenas of social work practice.

The text helps students to understand and practice the basics of successful writing through the inclusion of actual forms and records that are customarily used in social work practice. It presents examples of strong writing and analyzes common writing errors. Each chapter contains examples of good and poor writing, and includes forms on which students can practice their new skills. The text also covers legal and ethical issues surrounding legal documentation and use of writing to influence policy and transmit research findings.

Key Features:

  • Helps students understand and practice the basics of good writing
  • Focuses specifically on the types of writing they will need to do in social work practice
  • Includes writing samples used in actual social work venues
  • Provides samples of agency reports, intake forms, client progress notes, court documentation, and more

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 10, 2012
  • Page Count 336
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826109262
  • EISBN 9780826109279

About The Author(s) 

Daniel Weisman, MSW, PhD, is professor emeritus of social work, Rhode Island College, and former chair, Bachelor of Social Work Department. He directed Rhode Island College’s Applied Research and Training Project, and evaluated programs for several Rhode Island state departments, as well as private nonprofit agencies in numerous states. He was a certified site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education. He has coauthored four other books, including Professional Writing for the Criminal Justice System (Springer Publishing Company, 2017) and Professional Writing for Social Work Practice (Springer Publishing Company, 2013); written chapters in several anthologies; and published articles in social work and labor studies journals.

Joseph Zornado, PhD, is professor of English at Rhode Island College. He has written articles and books on literature, media, and culture, and has coauthored two textbooks on the teaching of writing. His first scholarly monograph, Inventing the Child: Culture, Ideology, and the Story of Childhood, appeared in 2001. He recently completed a speculative trilogy, 2050: A Future History. He has coauthored Professional Writing for the Criminal Justice System (Springer Publishing Company, 2017) and Professional Writing for Social Work Practice (Springer Publishing Company, 2013), and wrote Disney and the Dialectic of Desire: Fantasy as Social Practice. He teaches courses in media and culture, children’s literature and culture, literary theory, literature and film, and environmental studies, among others.

Table of Contents 

Writing for Social Work Practice Daniel Weisman Table of Contents


Part 1 Introduction

Chapter 1 Jones Family - Self-Assessment

Part 2 HBSE and Practice

Chapter 2 Human Behavior in the Social Environment - Assessment

Chapter 3 Social Work Practice

Chapter 4 Social Policy

Part 3 Agency-Based Writing

Chapter 5 Writing Research Reports

Chapter 6 Grant Writing

Chapter 7 Letters


Glossary of Writing and Writing Errors

Resumes and Cover Letters

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