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The Social Worker

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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 emotion ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published March 2nd 2011 by Pottersfield Press
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Dave Musgrave
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Wendy Em
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having worked in Corrections and Mental Health, as well as living in Halifax, i was able to really get in to this book and quite enjoyed it. I like how the author was able to share both the good and bad of "the system". ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Denise MacDonald
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
The ending was shocking...yet 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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