Steven Hick & Jackie Stokes
The special features included throughout this book provide an opportunity for your students to reflect on the many fascinating and complex issues that have a bearing on everyday life—from income inequality to climate change, mental health to child welfare, and more.
New to this edition, 34 stories narrating real-world experiences, are accompanied by background information contextualizing social work interventions that promote the welfare and self-realization of individuals, families, communities, and society.
Steven Hick is a retired professor of social work at Carleton University in Ottawa, and is also the author of the companion text Social Welfare in Canada: Understanding Income Security. He has practiced at home and abroad as a human rights worker, social service worker, mindfulness teacher and social policy analyst. He is also a co-founder of War Child Canada.
His recent work focuses on mindfulness meditation and its application as a client intervention, a mode of self care and a method to positively affect the therapeutic relationship. His teaching of introductory social work on Instructional Television and on the Internet has won him teaching awards and numerous accolades.
Dr. Jackie Stokes studied at the University of British Columbia (B.S.W.), the University of Northern British Columbia (M.S.W.), and Simon Fraser University (Ed.D.). Jackie is currently an assistant professor in the Social Work and Human Services Program at Thompson Rivers University. Jackie has practised social work in northern British Columbia for over 20 years in the practice areas of substance use, children’s mental health, and child protection. She has also served in leadership roles in British Columbia's Northern Health Authority (substance use) and Ministry for Children and Family Development (child protection).
Her research interests are in complex decision making and using the factorial survey method. Her current research involves child neglect decision making, substance use decision making, and an examination of how students’ perceptions of social problems develop through their social work education. Jackie is an elected member of the British Columbia College of Social Workers Board of Directors.