General Method of Social Work Practice McMahon's Generalist Perspective

ISBN-10: 0205298168
ISBN-13: 9780205298167
Edition: 4th 2002 (Revised)
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List price: $98.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

This well-known and widely used text is intended to prepare entry-level professional social workers with a foundation of the knowledge, values, and skills characteristic of the generalist perspective. This edition updates text and references to retain Maria McMahon's general method of social work practice. In this revision, however, McMahon's generalist perspective has been reframed and expanded to include an ecological-systems perspective, a problem focus, a strength/needs orientation, a multi-level approach, an open selection of theories and interventions, and a problem-solving approach to practice. This edition emphasizes the influence of multiculturalism, social pluralism, and socio-demographic variability on individual and collective functioning, definition of problems and needs, and patterns of seeking and using help. These keystones are then used to enable social workers to understand and work with human diversity in their practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

In Memoriam
In Her Own Words
Preface
About the Authors
The Foundation for Generalist Practice in Social Work
Holism and Social Work
Generalist Practice in Social Work
The Foundation of Social Work Practice
Purpose
Sanction
Values
Knowledge
Methods and Skills
Holistic Conceptualization of the Foundation of Social Work Practice
Conclusion
The Generalist Perspective and the General Method of Social Work Practice
The Generalist Perspective
Ecological-Systems Perspective
A Problem Focus
A Strengths/Needs Orientation
A Multilevel Approach
Open Selection of Theories and Interventions
A Problem-Solving Process
The General Method
Entry-Level and Graduate-Level Practice
Conclusion
Human Diversity: Multiculturalism, Social Pluralism, and Socio-Demographic Variability
Multiculturalism
Concepts and Terminology
Self-Assessment of Cultural Sensitivity
Social Pluralism
Concepts and Discussion
Self-Assessment of Sensitivity to Social Pluralism
Socio-Demographic Variability
Concepts and Discussion
A Holistic Framework for Sensitivity to Human Variability
Conclusion
Engagement
Getting to the Problem
Identifying Feelings
Feelings in Macro Systems
Goal Recognition
Decision Making
Working with Different Client Systems
Using Social Work Foundation Knowledge in Engagement
Human Diversity in Engagement
Engagement in Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Practice in Diverse Field Areas
Conclusion
Data Collection
Gathering Data
Fact versus Assumption
The Problems/Needs
The Persons
The Environment
Maintaining Confidentiality
Recording Data
Process Recordings
Summary Recordings
Problem-Oriented Recordings
Other Record Forms
Working with Different Client Systems
Using Social Work Foundation Knowledge in Data Collection
Human Diversity in Data Collection
Data Collection in Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Practice in Diverse Field Areas
Conclusion
Assessment
Assessment Statement
Problem Prioritization
Contracting
Working with Different Client Systems
Using Social Work Foundation Knowledge in Assessment
Human Diversity in Assessment
Assessment in Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Practice in Diverse Field Areas
Conclusion
Intervention
Change Roles and Strategies
Power and Change
Direct Intervention
Information and Referral
Case Management and Teamwork
Indirect Intervention
Social Development
Designs for General Interventions
Working with Different Client Systems
Using Social Work Foundation Knowledge in Intervention
Human Diversity in Intervention
Intervention in Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Practice in Diverse Field Areas
Conclusion
Evaluation
Reasons for Evaluation
Ongoing Assessment Process and Outcome
Quality Assurance
Accountability
Goal Attainment
Types of Evaluation
Goal Analysis
Contract Review
Contract Reformulation
Evaluation Questions
Ongoing Evaluation
Working with Different Client Systems
Using Social Work Foundation Knowledge in Evaluation
Human Diversity in Evaluation
Evaluation in Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Practice in Diverse Field Areas
Conclusion
Termination
The Meaning of Termination
Reactions to Termination as Ending and Loss
Reactions to Termination as Celebration and Beginning
The Decision to Terminate
A Life-Cycle Approach to Termination
Planning the Termination
Reactions of Service Providers
Developing Sensitivity and Skill
Working with Different Client Systems
Using Social Work Foundation Knowledge in Termination
Human Diversity in Termination
Termination in Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Practice in Diverse Field Areas
Conclusion
The Generalist Practitioner: Identity and Integration
The General Method: A Purposeful Procedure
Classification of Methods in Human Services
The General Method in the Classification
The Generalist Practitioner: A Basic Identity
A Forgotten Commitment to People in Need
The Generalist Practitioner: Our Future Challenge
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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