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Human Services: Books

Call Number Ranges

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Books on the broad subject of Human Services or Social Work can be found at the beginning of the "HV" call number area of the General Collection on the upper level and the Reference Collection on the lower level.

Dynamics of Group Communication (an Open Access online textbook by Prof. Andrea Polites)

Exploring Human Services (an Open Access online textbook by Profs. Andrea Polites and Mary Beth Mulcahy)

Foundations of Addiction Studies (an Open Access online textbook by Profs. Jason Florin and Julie Trytek)

Some selected new books are highlighted here.

Many books on the Anthropology or Ethnography or Ethnology or Social / Cultural aspects of various ethnic / culture groups or countries / regions, will be found under other call numbers.  Use the Library Catalog to search for these books by keyword. 

One sample search might be something like:  social work* AND homeless*

The asterisks at the end of the word are truncation features, and allow you to pick up variations of the word:

homeless or homelessness       without having to type out separately all the variations of a word.

E-book databases     and     Online Video databases

Items on Course Reserve at the downstairs Library Circulation Desk

Click here fora list of Case Studies in Human Services / Social Work


Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books on the shelves).

Want to know where specific collections are located?  Check out the maps of the Library's upper and lower floors.  

Selected New Books

Autism, Ethnicity and Culture

Autism affects all ethnicities, yet professionals do not always have the skills required to support the diverse needs of autistic young people and their families from different communities. As a result, families from these communities often experience issues in getting a diagnosis, access to educational and social care settings, appropriateness of social skills being taught to children, and misinterpretation of behaviour exhibited by these children, which can also lead to higher rates of exclusions. This innovative book provides professionals with knowledge about the issues faced and equips them with practical strategies to resolve them. It provides a comprehensive overview of autism and minority ethnic communities with guidance on how best to support children and young people from these communities. 

Communication and Interviewing Skills for Practice in Social Work, Counselling and the Health Professions

This book supports and develops the communication and interviewing skills of professional practitioners and student practitioners in social work, counselling, and the health professions. Combining work on personal and social constructs, the search for meaning, and ecological theory, this book both provides an integrated discussion of practice and presents a balanced approach when discussing psychological, biological, and social influences on individual well-being. Furthermore, it emphasises the influence of social contexts on behaviour and well-being, as well as valuing and encouraging the application of practitioners' prior experience and learning (APEL) to new knowledge and understanding. Containing a range of practice examples to stimulate learning, this book promotes a collaboration between the professions, and welcomes the contributions of people who use services, patients, and clients. Communication and Interviewing Skills for Practice in Social Work, Counselling and the Health Professions will be of interest to all undergraduate and postgraduate social work students, as well as new and experienced professional health care practitioners.

Helping Skills for Human Service Workers

This updated and expanded fourth edition continues the theme of the previous edition emphasizing the current supporting research towards the building of relationships, and encouraging productive change between human service workers and their clients. Two complete client interviews are included, which will illustrate the value of the skills demonstrated with the person being interviewed. The text is further enhanced by an appendix offering numerous tools such as exercises and forms. This informative book is designed for human resource professionals, counselors, social workers, and other related helping professionals.

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