The Social Worker

The Social Worker Joey is not your typical social worker He burns down houses to solve bureaucratic deadlocks steals to get his clients bigger welfare cheques and lies if it will help prevent his supervisor from intr

  • Title: The Social Worker
  • Author: Michael Ungar
  • ISBN: 9781897426265
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Joey is not your typical social worker He burns down houses to solve bureaucratic deadlocks, steals to get his clients bigger welfare cheques, and lies if it will help prevent his supervisor from intruding in the lives of his young clients Joey knows all too well what it feels like to be a client In and out of foster homes, his father dead, his mother an abusive emotionJoey is not your typical social worker He burns down houses to solve bureaucratic deadlocks, steals to get his clients bigger welfare cheques, and lies if it will help prevent his supervisor from intruding in the lives of his young clients Joey knows all too well what it feels like to be a client In and out of foster homes, his father dead, his mother an abusive emotional wreck, Joey puts his talents as a juvenile delinquent to good use, even when he s locked up in a secure detention centre Fortunately for Joey, there s one youth worker, a former boxer with his own secrets to hide, who inspires Joey to finish his education Still the delinquent at heart, Joey sets out to get revenge on the system that he believes failed him and his family Joey s plan for revenge may have worked, except buried in old agency files he learns that his family has many secrets yet untold and that the lives of social workers are complicated than they seem to the children in their care The Social Worker is a controversial and provocative story of what it means to reach out to the most vulnerable, set amidst the hidden world of those whose motivations to help can be as difficult to understand as the systems for which they work.Michael Ungar, PhD, is a prize winning fiction writer and among the most influential social work authors and speakers on parenting issues in North America His nine nonfiction books include The We Generation and Too Safe For Their Own Good His work has been the subject of cover stories in magazines and he is a regular contributor to radio and television His blog can be read on Psychology Today s website In 2010 he was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers Distinguished Service Award for Nova Scotia The Social Worker is his first novel.Currently, he is a Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax where he directs the Resilience Research Centre His website is michaelungar.

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    1. I have worked in child protection for a number of years. I honestly feel this is essential reading for those of us in the field. Through our journey in the profession we hopefully learn the lack of distinction between us and them. This book illustrates the positives (and difficulties) of such a milieu and the resilience that must be nurtured rather than taught, for clients and professionals alike.

    2. I came across this book after reading the author's theoretical work around resilience for a class in the social work program. Having been inundated with social work content for the last four months, this was a very interesting read. It is dark, and a bit cynical about the whole social services system (especially children's aid.) The author obviously has a lot of experience and his writing comes from an inside perspective so it's a cynicism I trust. However, I found the voice of the main characte [...]

    3. I found this book to be very insightful. Sometimes it is difficult for people to understand that the system in place presently is often unable to provide people with what they actually need. Thinking outside the box is often talked about but actually frowned upon. Not only do clients get lost in the system but so do the people who work in the system. This was a sad story all around but I believe very accurate and eye opening.

    4. Michael Ungar is a respected author and speaker on parenting across North America. He teaches at Dal. This is his first work of fiction portraying the blurred lines between client and worker. I like his non-fiction better.

    5. The ending was shockingt not was a good book but the subject matter was difficult at times. I did enjoy this book. Thanks for the loan Tanis!

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