Here, you will find real-life experiences as witnessed by the author as a social worker and as a probation and parole officer. You will read first-hand what you may deal with if you decide to enter one of these professions. Book knowledge is fine; however, actually doing the jobs is a whole different ballgame.
Be prepared to be shocked when you read about some of the cases. The author selected the worst cases so that students, who are thinking about entering one of these fields, can see what they may be facing. The reader will find these as very disturbing situations involving abused and neglected children. The reader will also learn about some very interesting cases involving probation and parole.
If you decide to become a social worker or a probation and parole officer, let me give you a word of advice. While you are in school working on your degree, go do an internship so that you can be certain this is what you really want to do.
During the time that the author worked as a social worker and as a probation and parole officer, he had good days and bad days and fun days and not so fun days. What you experience will stick with you for the rest of your life. It has for the author. There are times when the author looks back and wonders whatever happened to some of these families.
By the way, the names and characters of the people in the book have been fictionalized to protect the privacy of those individuals.
This book is told in the unique voice of Harald R. Duncan.