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Social Work Leaders Through History

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Social Work Leaders Through History

SKU# 9780826146441

Lives and Lessons

Author: Jessica Gladden PhD, LMSW

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Vividly portraying the personal and professional lives of social work luminaries from the 19th to the present century, this text links their groundbreaking contributions in social work to current CSWE core competencies. The book focuses on leaders who shaped the field across modern American history — the Progressive Era, the Great Society, the New Deal, the Postwar period, and others—and examines their lives in the context of the social and historical environment, their contributions to social work, and lessons from their experiences that are still relevant to social work today.

Through detailed, engaging life stories and photographs, readers—including undergraduates, graduate students, and practicing social workers—will learn about the profession’s rich history rooted in charitable work, “friendly visitors,” and social justice advocacy. The book also touches upon the contributions of early social work pioneers as well as those leading us forward in the 21st century. The book will provide important historical groundwork for classes in social welfare policy, introduction to social work, and social work history courses. Chapters include discussion questions and activities to facilitate professional growth and personal development. A robust instructor package offers PowerPoint slides and a sample syllabus.

Key Features:

  • Delivers vivid, detailed accounts of leading figures in social work history
  • Presents lessons directly applicable to social work today
  • Dovetails with CSWE’s 2015 EPAS Competencies
  • Incorporates discussion questions and activities encouraging professional growth and personal reflection
  • Includes PowerPoint slides and sample syllabus

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 07, 2018
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826146441
  • EISBN 9780826146458

Table of Contents 



1. The Creation and Development of the Social Work Profession

Charity Organization Societies

Hull House and the Settlement House Movement

Development of Social Work Education and the Profession

The New Deal

Growth and Development in the 20th Century

New Fields and Challenges in the 21st Century

2. Dorothea Dix: Bringing Individuals With Mental Illness Out of Prisons

Context of the Times

Childhood and Teaching Career

Discovering Her Mission

Pursuing Funding for Hospitals for Those With Mental Illness

The Civil War: Superintendent of Nurses

The End of a Long Career

Lessons Learned

3. Ellen Gates Starr: The Other Founder of Hull House

Context of the Times: The Settlement House Movement

Childhood and Life Before Hull House

The Development of Hull House

The Arts and Crafts Movement

The Labor Movement

The Importance of Faith: Later Years

Lessons Learned

4. Mary Richmond: The Beginning of Micro Social Work

Context of the Times

Childhood and Teaching Career

Suitors and Relationships

Discovering Her Mission

Charity Organization Societies

Russell Sage Foundation

Training and Education Programs

Social Diagnosis

Individual and Social Reform

Long Years of Labor

Lessons Learned

5. Frances Perkins: The First Female Cabinet Member

Context of the Times: The Great Depression Era

Childhood and Early Life

Working Life Before the White House

Family Life and Balancing Work

Secretary of Labor, 1933 to 1945

Wartime Changes

“Retirement” From Public Office

Lessons Learned

6. Whitney Moore Young Jr.: A Civil Rights Mediator

Context of the Times: The Civil Rights Era

Early Life, Education, and Lessons in Segregation

Military Life

Graduate Studies and Discovering the Urban League

Dean of Social Work

Director of the National Urban League

Early Civil Rights

The Landscape Begins to Change: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

A Sudden Death

Lessons Learned

7. Katherine Anne Tuach Kendall: Reforming a Profession

Context of the Times

Childhood and Early Years

Becoming “Pink”

Introduction to the World of Social Work

Working With the United Nations

Paraguay Mission and International Social Work

Council on Social Work Education

International Association of Schools of Social Work


Professional and Personal Challenges

Contributions to the Field

Advice to Social Workers

Lessons Learned

8. Dr. Nazneen Sada Mayadas: A Truly International Social Worker

Context of the Times

Childhood in India

Introduction to Social Work

Teaching Social Work

The United Nations

A Shift in Teaching

Retirement and End of Life

Lessons Learned

9. The Honorable Barbara Mikulski: A Leader of Women

Context of the Times

Childhood and Growing Up Polish

Becoming a Social Worker

Finding Politics

Congress: Politics at the National Level

Major Accomplishments in Congress

A Female Guide to Others

Personal Is Political

Advice to Social Workers

Retirement From Office

Lessons Learned

10. A New Century: Leaders in Recent Years

Context of the Times: A New Century

LGBTQ Rights: Dr. Lori Messinger

Ethics: Dr. Frederic Reamer

Green Social Work: Dr. Lena Dominelli

Trauma in Social Work: Dr. Ellen DeVoe

Neuroscience: Dr. Jill Littrell

Lessons Learned


Related Videos 

Interview with Jessica Gladden PhD, MSW, LMSW