Introduction to Social Work in Canada: Histories, Contexts, and Practices

Ives, Nicole,Denov, Myriam,Sussman, Tamara
Oxford University Press

This comprehensive introduction to social work integrates perspectives from English, French, and Indigenous peoples in Canada to provide an inclusive treatment of the history, foundational skills, and specific fields of social work practice and research. Part I begins with an exploration of the origins and foundational concepts of social work in Canada, including how Indigenous, French, and English traditions have shaped and informed social work practice in Canada. The text then discusses theoretical approaches, and the values and ethics at the core of professional practice. Part II examines foundational skills for social workers through a focus on working with individuals and families, and groups and communities. Part III explores specific fields of social work practice and research, with chapters focused on the health field and on working with children, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, the LGBTQ community, aging populations, and international social work. With an emphasis on diversity and drawing extensively on Canadian statistics and scholarship, this is an ideal text for introduction to social work courses. This updated, new edition features a substantially revised and expanded chapter on Indigenous Peoples and Social Work.