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The Practicum Companion for Social Work
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Table of Contents

  • Before You Head into the Field: A Prepracticum Guide
  • 1. Getting Started on Your Social Work Practice Career
  • 2. Socialization into the Social Work Profession
  • 3. Safety in Social Work Settings
  • 4. Making the Most of Your Practicum Supervision
  • 5. Organizational Context
  • 6. Social Work Practice in the Field: Working with Individuals and Families
  • 7. Social Work Practice in the Field: Working with Groups
  • 8. Social Work Practice in the Field: Working with Organizations, Communities, and Policy
  • 9. Social Work Practice and the Law
  • 10. Termination: The Beginning of an End (or the End of a Beginning?)

About the Author

Julie Birkenmaier, PhD, LCSW, is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. Her research focuses on financial capability, financial access, credit, and community development. Her recent publications include Financial Capability and Asset-Building in Vulnerable Households with Drs. Margaret Sherraden and J. Michael Collins (forthcoming, Oxford University Press), and Financial Capability and Asset Development: Research, Education, Policy, and Practice with Drs. Margaret Sherraden and Jami Curley, Eds. (Oxford University Press, 2013). With Dr. Marla Berg-Weger, she has written The Practicum Companion for Social Work. At the undergraduate level, she teaches community and financial capability practice. At the graduate level, she teaches community and policy practice. Marla Berg-Weger, PhD, LCSW, is a Professor in the School of Social Work, Saint Louis University, serves as the Executive Director of the Geriatric Education Center, and is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. Her scholarly work has focused on aging, family caregiving and social work practice. With Dr. Julie Birkenmaier, she has co-authored The Practicum Companion for Social Work. She is also the author of Social Work and Social Welfare-An Invitation as well as seventy book chapters and journal articles. In addition to working as a social work scholar and educator, Dr. Berg-Weger has been a social worker for over thirty five years and worked in the areas of gerontological practice, medical social work, domestic violence and mental health services.

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