Advanced Approaches and Emerging Trends

Welcome to the Companion Website

This site is intended to enhance your use of Social Work Practice in Healthcare by Karen M. Allen and William J. Spitzer. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material. 

This pragmatic and comprehensive book helps readers develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for effective health care social work practice, as well as an understanding of the technological, social, political, ethical, and financial factors affecting contemporary patient care. Packed with case studies and exercises, the book emphasizes the importance of being attentive to both patient and organizational needs, covers emerging trends in health care policy and delivery, provides extensive discussion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and addresses social work practice across the continuum of care.


We gratefully acknowledge Karen M. Allen and William J. Spitzer for writing an excellent text and for reviewing the assets on this site. Special thanks are also due to Carol Sidell of Indiana University for creating the Test Bank and PowerPoints on this site.