Lifting Our Voices: The Journeys Into Family Caregiving of Professional Social Workers by Joyce Beckett

Lifting Our Voices: The Journeys Into Family Caregiving of Professional Social Workers

byJoyce Beckett

Kobo ebook | September 24, 2008

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Lifting Our Voices is the only book to explore the dual roles of professional social workers who are also family caregivers and the only collection on caregiving in which the majority of contributors are African American. After discussing the relevant literature, Lifting Our Voices vividly and sensitively presents the caregiving experiences of ten professional social workers. Using professional and theoretical knowledge and skills, each contributor draws implications for various levels of social work and human service interventions. These poignant descriptions and analyses recount both the frustrations and barriers of negotiating social service agencies and other institutions and the joys and triumphs of family caregiving. Lifting Our Voices frankly discusses how a professional education either prepares or fails to equip an individual with the skills for successful intervention on behalf of a loved one. Contributors hail from rich and varied backgrounds, revealing the importance of age, ethnicity, gender, marital status, and gerontological expertise in the practice of family caregiving.

These essays explore situations rarely reported on in the literature, such as caregivers and care recipients who represent the lifespan from preschool to retirement. Lifting Our Voices graphically describes types of caregiving that are seldom discussed, including simultaneous caregiving to multiple family members and reciprocal and sequential caregiving, thus broadening and refining the very concepts of "caregiving" and "family."

Joyce O. Beckett is professor emerita of the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her A.B. from Temple University and her M.S.S. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College, and completed her postdoctoral studies in gerontology at Duke University. Her professional career spans almost forty years and includes cl...
Title:Lifting Our Voices: The Journeys Into Family Caregiving of Professional Social WorkersFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 24, 2008Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231511957

ISBN - 13:9780231511957

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This book is a must read for any helping professional who assists clients who are caring for a sick and infirmed loved one. It is also a must read for any individual who values applicability of lessons learned from others who have faced caregiving responsibilities for elderly and infirm relatives and friends and the opportunities they will present for living a fuller life through assisting a debilitated loved one live a fuller life. Through the recording of their stories, the tellers impart valuable solace to caregivers. This book will go a long way in moving professional helpers closer to understanding the dynamics of caregiving.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xv
List of Contributors xvii

1 Caregiving
Joyce O. Beckett 1

2 Once, Twice, Always a Caregiver: Career Caregiving for Parents Who Abused Alcohol
Cynthia Jones 43

3 Responding to My Sister's Addiction: Fostering Resilience in My Nieces
Darlene Grant 73

4 Caring for My Grandmother: The Birth of a Gerontological Social Worker
Erica Edwards 101

Editorial Reviews

Beckett's book will initiate meaningful discussions in Bachelor's in Social Work and Masters in Social Work courses on caregiving and aging. It should also prove illuminating to students seeking to understand the broad range of family caregiving experiences. The book provides a clarion call for more culturally competent social work practice and services.