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The Practice of Generalist Social Work, Fifth Edition
by Marla Berg-Weger, Deborah Adams, and Julie Birkenmaier
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Marla Berg-Weger is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University, Missouri and Executive Director of the Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Berg-Weger holds social work degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Her social work practice experience includes gerontological social work practice, public social welfare services, intimate partner violence services, mental health, and health social work. Her research and writing focuses on gerontological social work and social work practice. She is the author of Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation (5th edition). With Julie Birkenmaier, she co-authored the textbook, The Practicum Companion for Social Work: Integrating Class and Field Work (4th edition). She is the Past President of the Association of Gerontology in Social Work and Managing Editor of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work and is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.

Deborah Adams is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master’s in Social Work Program at the University of Kansas. Dr. Adams holds social work degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels. Her practice experience includes administration of social service agencies and social justice organizations. Areas of research are poverty and policy studies, asset building and asset effects, and the well-being of women and children. Dr. Adams has published in venues such as Children and Youth Services Review, the Encyclopedia of Social Work, the Journal of Community Practice, and Research on Social Work Practice. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Community Organization and Social Action (ACOSA), the oldest national organization for macro social work practice in the United States.

Julie Birkenmaier is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University, Missouri. Dr. Birkenmaier’s practice experience includes community organizing, community development, and nonprofit administration. Her research and writing focuses on financial capability, financial credit, community development, and asset development. With colleagues, she co-wrote Financial capability and asset-building in vulnerable households. She also co-edited Financial Capability and Asset Development: Research, Education, Policy and Practice. With Marla Berg-Weger, she co-authored the textbook, The Practicum Companion for Social Work: Integrating Class and Field Work (4th edition).[MB1] 


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