Professional Writing for Social Work Practice

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Professional Writing for Social Work Practice

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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

Daniel Weisman, MSW, PhD, is a Professor at Rhode Island College School of Social Work and former Chair of the Bachelor of Social Work Department. He directs Rhode Island College's Applied Research and Training Project, is Co-Principal Investigator/Evaluator, Project Restore, Rhode Island Office of Child Support Services, and evaluates programs for several Rhode Island state departments, as well as private non-profit agencies in several states. He is a certified site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Weisman has co-authored two other books, written chapters in several anthologies, and published articles in social work and labor studies journals.

Joseph Zornado

J. Zornado, PhD is a professor of English at Rhode Island College and is the Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. He teaches Children's Literature, Literature and Film, American Literature, Zen and Literature, and many more.

Zornado has published two novels, an academic monograph, numerous scholarly articles, essays, reviews, poetry, blogs, website content, tweets, posts, and other forms of electronic writings. He published his first scholarly book, Inventing the Child: Culture, Ideology and the Story of Childhood in 2001 with Routledge. Still in print and critically acclaimed, Inventing the Child was issued as a paperback in 2006. A Korean translation appeared in the spring of 2011.

His two novels are works of futurist speculation in the spirit of Orwell and Huxley and are published by Iron Diesel Press. The third and final volume of this trilogy will be published in 2014. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their three children.

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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