The Social Worker by Michael Ungar

The Social Worker

byMichael Ungar

Kobo ebook | August 1, 2017

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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 if 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 more 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 amid the hidden world of those whose motivations to help can be as difficult to understand as the systems for which they work.

Michael Ungar, Ph.D. is a prize-winning fiction writer and among the most influential social work authors and speakers on parenting issues in North America. His nine non-fiction books include The We Generation, and Too Safe for their Own Good. The Social Worker is his first novel. His work has been the subject of cover stories in magazines like Maclean’s 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.

Title:The Social WorkerFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Pottersfield PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897426313

ISBN - 13:9781897426319

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting reading, very real and a little shocking If you've ever worked in the field of social work or been involved in the care system in some way, then you'll be able to relate to the very real characters in this story. There are shocks a plenty as you follow the path that Joey, the novel's central character, takes to claw himself out of the terrible life he was born into and the risks he takes trying to help others do the same. The writing is fast paced and relentless. You just need to know what is going to happen next to the characters. The Social Worker is one of those books that you are sad to finish, because you are so invested in the lives you've followed.
Date published: 2011-04-06