Direct Social Work Practice: Theories and Skills for Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner

This site is intended to enhance your use of Direct Social Work Practice by Mary C. Ruffolo, Ph.D., LMSW, Brian E. Perron, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Harbeck Voshel, LMSW. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material. 

Using a case-based approach to connect the classroom and the practice environment, this foundational text incorporates a broad set of themes that include advocacy, social justice, global focus, ethics, theory, and critical thinking. Integrated, up-to-date content related to diversity, social justice, and international issues helps readers develop the basic skills of engagement, assessment, intervention, and reflective practice, as well as the key skills needed for the field experience. Each chapter of the book is mapped to the latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) to aid schools of social work in connecting the course content with monitored outcomes.


We gratefully acknowledge Mary C. Ruffolo, Brian E. Perron, and Elizabeth Harbeck Voshel for writing an excellent text and for creating the assets on this site. We thank the University of Michigan School of Social Work for providing the Video Modules. Special thanks are also due to Michael Lyman of Shippensburg University and Rebecca Moore of Tennessee State University for creating the ancillaries on this site.