Reflecting the latest policy and practice changes, HUMAN SERVICES IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, 9th Edition uses a unique multidisciplinary approach to deliver a comprehensive overview of the helping field, its available programs, and the practical skills workers can employ. Completely current, the book illustrates how recent governmental policy shifts impact the way human services professionals work. Its presentation of the history and practice of human services through the lens of a social problems and policy perspective is truly unique. As you progress through chapters, you'll see how social, economic, and political issues may affect you as a human services worker as well as the people you serve. Both practical and relevant, the book is packed with captivating, real-life examples that highlight personal experiences as well as options available to legislators (such as national health care). It also provides invaluable information on selected careers within the field, including training and licensing requirements.