Letter from the editor:
I am pleased to share the 2022-2023 Columbia University Press social work catalog. At what we hope is the tail end of a long pandemic, this fall semester marks a return to some kind of normality. It is not the same normality we left in the spring of 2020, and social work as a profession has likely forever changed. More clients will be served online through telemedicine, and more classes will be offered online too, accelerating the trend of online MSW degrees. And with these changes comes a host of new new concerns and ethical challenges. But many of us are once again teaching students and seeing clients in person, and I am therefore happy to present a new set of textbooks and handbooks—some new, others revised editions of old classics—for the occasion.
In Politics for Social Workers, political scientist Stephen Pimpare challenges us to rethink the field’s commitment to macro practice. What can the busy social work- er actually do to effect change in policy? In this realistic look at the machinations of American politics, Pimpare offers practical guidelines to activism on behalf of clients and their communities.
In Dilemmas in Social Work Field Education, Terry A. Wolfer and Melissa C. Reit- meier offer a group of real stories from field educators, supervisors, and interns as case studies in the proper conduct of field education.
In a new edition of Teaching in Social Work, Jeane W. Anastas surveys the state of the pedagogical field: what are the theories, principles, methods, and formats that are most appropriate and applicable to teaching social work? And in a new edition of the classic The Life Model of Social Work Practice, Alex Gitterman, Carolyn Knight, and Carel B. Germain return to the ecological perspective, expanding and deepen- ing it through contemporary theory and research findings and new case illustrations drawn from a wide range of practice contexts
I will end with a book that brings to mind the most lasting reminder of the pandemic: those we lost. In a new edition of Living through Loss, Nancy R. Hooyman, Betty J. Kramer, and Sara Sanders explore the many ways in which people experience loss over the life span, from childhood to old age, and examine the interventions most effective at each stage. The book combines theory, sound clinical practice, and empirical research into powerful accounts of a personal experience now all too familiar to us.
I hope you find these books useful in your classrooms and practices. I am proud to have published them. Please write to me if you have questions or ideas for other books that might join their ranks.