This important anthology reinforces the value of evidence-based practice. While the term evidence-based practice has only recently gained currency, it continues the social work tradition of applying scientific methods to practice.
In their introductory chapter, the editors stress the vital need for practitioners to share their research and experience with colleagues. There is an overwhelming body of literature in the field and to use it to the best advantage it is essential to learn the skills of critical thinking. The authors help the reader to evaluate the many sources of information, realize that even empirical knowledge is subject to revision, and balance conflicting views in order to make reasonable choices appropriate for one's own practice.
The scholars contributing to this work have helped shape the definition of contemporary social work practice. Their clear, concise chapters range from discussions about ethics, the nature of evidence, and the role of theory, through the addressing of widely varying, specific client problems, to selected issues that must be dealt with inside the social work system itself. Suitable for use in a variety of practice courses, this book will retain its value long after graduation as a source of helpful guidance and of lively discussion.