Book Recommendations: Social Work
Days in the Lives of Social Workers: 58 Professionals Tell "Real Life" Stories From Social Work Practice by Linda May Grobman
Spend a day with social workers in 58 different settings, and learn about the many career paths available to you. Did you ever wish you could tag along with a professional in your chosen field, just for a day, observing his or her every move? DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS allows you to take a firsthand, close-up look at the real-life days of 58 professional social workers as they share their stories. Join them on their journeys, and learn about the rewards and challenges they face. This book is an essential guide for anyone who wants an inside look at the social work profession. Whether you are a social work graduate student or undergraduate student, an experienced professional wishing to make a change in career direction, or just thinking about going into the field, you will learn valuable lessons from the experiences described in book.
Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy by Rinku Sen
"Stir It Up" - written by renowned activist and trainer Rinku Sen - identifies the key priorities and strategies that can help advance the mission of any social change group. This groundbreaking book addresses the unique challenges and opportunities the new global economy poses for activist groups and provides concrete guidance for community organizations of all orientations. Sponsored by the Ms. Foundation, "Stir It Up" draws on lessons learned from Sen's groundbreaking work with women's groups organizing for economic justice. Throughout the book, Sen walks readers through the steps of building and mobilizing a constituency and implementing key strategies that can effect social change.The book is filled with illustrative case studies that highlight best organizing practices in action and each chapter contains tools that can help groups tailor Sen's model for their own organizational needs. "Stir It Up" will show your organization how to: design and conduct actions that further campaign goals; develop effective leaders; build strong alliances and networks; generate and use solid research; design an effective media strategy; and put in place a plan for internal political education and consciousness-raising. With the information, tools, and suggestions outlined in this book your organization can use your "good idea" to change the world.