Social Work with Children and Their Families Pragmatic Foundations

ISBN-10: 0195157559

ISBN-13: 9780195157550

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

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Description: An extensively revised version of the first edition, this text focuses on the practical foundational knowledge required to practice social work effectively in the complex and fast-changing world of services to children and their families. The core organizing framework consists of eight pragmatic perspectives: combating adultcentrism, family-centered practice, the strengths perspective, respect for diversity and difference, the least restrictive alternative, ecological perspective, organization and financing, and achieving outcomes. Unlike most texts that focus either on direct practice or on policy, Petr's revised volume integrates current policy-including recent reform efforts-with "best practices." The student thus gains a deep appreciation for how direct social work practice is linked to, and even guided by, contemporary policy initiatives and the values that underscore those initiatives. Two new chapters are devoted specifically to the fields of child welfare and children's mental health, providing an overview of the laws, policies, practices, and terminology pertaining to each setting. The next eight chapters focus on each pragmatic perspective and its relevance to child welfare and children's mental health. The in-depth case studies that comprise the concluding two chapters illustrate how typical client situations can be successfully addressed within the context of the pragmatic perspectives. Packed with case studies, specific practice instruction, chapter summaries, and suggested learning activities, this book prepares students and practitioners to think and act professionally in ways that are consistent with current laws, values, policies, and reform efforts in the field.

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List price: $67.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/18/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

Overview of the Systems of Care for Children and Their Families
Introduction to Social Work in Child and Family Settings
General Status of Children and Families in the United States
Brief History of Social Work with Children and Families
Social Work in Child and Family Settings Today
Eight Pragmatic Perspectives
Chapter 1 Summary
Social Work in Child Welfare Settings
Introduction to the Field
Protection of Children
Overview
Physical Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Child Neglect
Investigation of Abuse and Neglect
Preservation of Families
P.L. 96-272: The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980
Prevention of Placement
Reunification
Permanency Planning
P.L. 96-272 and Permanency Planning
Foster Care
Adoption
Family Preservation and Support Services, Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1993
Public Law 105-89: The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA)
ASFA and Protection of Children
ASFA and Preservation of Families
ASFA and Permanency Planning
Chapter 2 Summary
Social Work with Children and Families in Children's Mental Health Settings
Background and Context of Services
Purpose and Scope
Historical Background
Important Federal Legislation and Initiatives
Assessment and Treatment in Mental Health Settings
Overview
Definition and Prevalence
Common Diagnostic Categories for Children
Common Psychological Tests and Assessment Tools
Use of Medications to Treat Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Common Types of Therapy Utilized in Mental Health Settings
Adolescent Suicide
Mental Health Needs and Services in the Juvenile Justice System
Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
History of Social Work in Schools
Federal Legislation: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 1997 Amendments to IDEA
Chapter 3 Summary
Eight Pragmatic Perspectives in Social Work with Children and Their Families
Pragmatic Perspective 1: Combating Adultcentrism
Adultcentrism in Social Work Practice with Children
Introduction and Background
Adultcentrism in Child Development Theory
Adultcentrism in Social Work Assessments and Interventions
Recommendations for Combating Adultcentrism
Pragmatic Connections: How to Combat Adultcentrism When Engaging and Interviewing Young Children
Creating a Climate for Engagement
Engaging and Clarifying
Listening, with Caution, to the Language of Metaphor
Open-Ended Questions
Pragmatic Connections: How to Combat Adultcentrism When Engaging and Interviewing Adolescents
What Is Important to Adolescents?
Pragmatic Principles for Engaging and Interviewing Adolescents
Combating Adultcentrism in Child Welfare
Combating Adultcentrism in Intake and Investigation
Combating Adultcentrism in Foster Care
Combating Adultcentrism in Adoption
Combating Adultcentrism in Mental Health
Adultcentrism in Assessment and Treatment
Informed Consent for Children
Empowering the Voice of Youth
Chapter 4 Summary
Pragmatic Perspective 2: Family-Centered Practice
What Is Family-Centered Practice?
Family as the Unit of Attention
Informed Family Choice
Strengths Perspective
Pragmatic Connection: Case Illustration of Family-Centered Practice
Summary of Essential Elements of Family-Centered Practice
Pragmatic Connections: How to Engage and Interview Families
Family-Centeredness in Policy and Research
Family-Centeredness at the Community and State Levels
Family-Centeredness at the Organizational Level
Family-Centeredness in Research
Family-Centered Practice in Child Welfare
Family-Centeredness in Family Preservation
Family-Centeredness in Foster Care
Family-Centeredness in Adoptions
Family-Centered Practice in Children's Mental Health
Perpetuation of Blaming
Genograms
Family-Centeredness in Policy and Programs
Family-Centeredness in Special Education
Chapter 5 Summary
Pragmatic Perspective 3: Strengths Perspective
Strengths Perspective: Introduction
Strengths Perspective in Direct Practice
Overview and Guidelines for Strengths Practice
Solution-Focused Model
Strengths Perspective in Group Work
Strengths Perspective and Resilience in Children
Strengths Perspective in Policy Development
Strengths Perspective in Child Welfare
Strengths Perspective with Parents of Abused and Neglected Children
Strengths Perspective with Children Who Have Been Abused and Neglected
Strengths Perspective in Children's Mental Health
The Disability Model
Systematic Assessment of Strengths
Avoiding Blame
Chapter 6 Summary
Pragmatic Perspective 4: Respect for Diversity and Difference
Overview of the Problem of Prejudice and Discrimination
Dynamics of Powerlessness
Cultural Competence
Cultural Mapping
Understanding Gay and Lesbian Adolescents
Gender Bias
Respect for Diversity and Difference in Child Welfare
Race and Child Welfare Services
The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, P.L. 95-608
African American Kinship Care and Transracial Adoptions
Child-Rearing and Discipline Practices
Gay and Lesbian Youth in Foster Care
Respect for Diversity and Difference in Children's Mental Health
Racial, Social Class, and Gender Bias in Assessments and Treatment
Cultural Competence in Mental Health
Identity Issues for Biracial Youth
Chapter 7 Summary
Pragmatic Perspective 5: Least Restrictive Alternative (LRA)
Least Restrictive Alternative: Definition, History, Scope
Continuum of Care
Critique of LRA and Continuum of Care Concepts
Connections/Relevance of LRA to Other Pragmatic Perspectives
Least Restrictive Alternative in Child Welfare
Child Safety and LRA
Foster Care Placement and LRA
Permanency Planning and LRA
Least Restrictive Alternative in Children's Mental Health
Continuum of Care
Guidelines for Appropriate Hospitalization of Youth
Chapter 8 Summary
Pragmatic Perspective 6: Ecological Perspective
Ecological Perspective: Introduction and Overview
Ecomaps
Case Management
Community Involvement and Ownership
Interagency Collaboration and Family-Centered Practice
Advocacy for Systems Change
Pragmatic Implications: Collaboration and Teamwork
Pragmatic Implications: The Danger of Triangulation
Ecological Perspective in Child Welfare
Ecomaps and Case Management
Community Involvement
Advocacy in Child Welfare
Ecological Perspective in Children's Mental Health
Interagency Collaboration and Service Integration
Advocacy in Children's Mental Health
School-Linked Mental Health Services
Chapter 9 Summary
Pragmatic Perspective 7: Organization and Financing
Organization and Financing: Introduction and Overview
Privatization
Managed Care
Service Integration
Organization and Financing in Child Welfare
Iowa Decategorization
Kansas Privatization Using Managed Care Principles
Organization and Financing in Children's Mental Health
Nationwide System Reform
The Ventura Planning Model
Managed Care in Children's Mental Health
Chapter 10 Summary
Pragmatic Perspective 8: Achieving Outcomes
The Complex Process of Outcome Measurement
Resistance among Providers
Distinguishing Process Outcomes from Final Outcomes
Potential Conflict between Individual and Systems Goals
Deciding Which Outcomes Are Most Important to Track
Difficulty and Costs of Measuring and Interpreting Outcomes
Relationship of Funding to Outcome
Prevention versus Treatment
Pragmatic Connections to Practice
Achieving Outcomes in Child Welfare
Prevention versus Treatment
Kansas Privatization Initiative
National Outcomes for Child Welfare System after ASFA
Achieving Outcomes in Children's Mental Health
Goals of the Children's Mental Health System
The Ventura Planning Model's Approach to Outcomes
The Fort Bragg Evaluation Project
Consumer Satisfaction
Current Challenges
Chapter 11 Summary
Unit 2 Conclusion
Unit 2 Summary
Suggested Assignments and Learning Activities
Extensive Case Examples
Connections: Case Examples from Child Welfare
The Sloan Family
Narrative (Reprint of "Consultation Corner" in Family Networker)
Commentary and Analysis: The Eight Pragmatic Perspectives
Victor
Narrative
Commentary and Analysis: The Eight Pragmatic Perspectives
Connections: Case Examples from Children's Mental Health
Bill
Overview and Narrative
Commentary and Analysis: The Eight Pragmatic Perspectives
Sharon
Overview and Narrative
Commentary and Analysis: The Eight Pragmatic Perspectives
References
Index
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