Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, Groups, and Communities

ISBN-10: 0534514138
ISBN-13: 9780534514136
Edition: 5th 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Lawrence Shulman
List price: $144.95
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Description: Shulman's text introduces a model for the helping process based on an 'interactional' approach, which uses a number of theories and skills to build on the client-helper relationship. By presenting the core processes and skills in the chapters on  More...

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Book details

List price: $144.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/5/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 800
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.080
Language: English

Shulman's text introduces a model for the helping process based on an 'interactional' approach, which uses a number of theories and skills to build on the client-helper relationship. By presenting the core processes and skills in the chapters on work with individuals, Shulman shows how common elements exist across stages of helping and across different populations. These processes and skills reappear in the discussions of group, family, and community work. New copies of this text are accompanied by two CD-ROMs: one that illustrates the core skills covered in the text, and another that features video excerpts of an interactive workshop conducted by Larry Shulman.

Preface
A Model of the Helping Process
An Interactional Approach to Helping
Social Work Practice Theory
The Client-System Interaction
Underlying Assumptions in the Interactional Model
The Social Work Profession: A Historical Perspective
Social Work Skill and the Working Relationship
The Integration of Personal and Professional Selves
Oppression Psychology
Resilience Theory
Additional Social Work Perspectives
Chapter Summary
Related Online Content and Activities
Social Work With Individuals
The Preliminary Phase of Work
Communications in Practice
The Preliminary Phase: Tuning In to Self and to the Client
Responding Directly to Indirect Cues
Chapter Summary
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Beginnings and the Contracting Skills
The Dynamics of New Relationships
Contracting in First Sessions
Models for Assessment in the Beginning Phase
Culturally Diverse Practice
Education and Training for Culturally Sensitive Practice
Chapter Summary
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Skills in the Work Phase
A Model of the Work Phase Interview
Work Phase Summary
Sessional Tuning-In Skills
Sessional Contracting Skills
Elaborating Skills
Empathic Skills
Sharing the Worker's Feelings
Making a Demand for Work
Pointing Out Obstacles
Identifying Process and Content Connections
Sharing Data
Helping the Client See Life in New Ways
Sessional Ending and Transition Skills
Chapter Summary
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Endings and Transitions
The Dynamics and Skills of Endings
The Skills of Transitions
Variations on Endings
Chapter Summary
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Social Work With Families
Family Practice in the Social Work Context
Social Work With Families
Selected Concepts From Family Therapy Theory
The Two-Client Concept and the Worker's Role
The Beginning Phase
The Middle Phase
Two Special Circumstances
The Ending and Transition Phase
Chapter Summary
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Problem-Centered Family Practice
Agency Mandate, Client Problem, and Family Counseling
Hiding the Family's Secrets: Dealing With Taboo Areas
The Child Welfare Setting
Family Practice in a School Setting
Chapter Summary
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Social Work With Groups
The Group as a Mutual-Aid System
The Fear-of-Groups Syndrome
The Dynamics of Mutual Aid
Obstacles to Mutual Aid
The Function of the Group Leader
Chapter Summary
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Group Formation
Preparing for Group Work
Work With the Staff System
Group Composition, Timing, and Structure
Work With Prospective Members
Chapter Summary
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The Beginning Phase in the Group
The Dynamics of First Group Sessions
The Couples' Group: An Illustration
Variations on First Group Sessions
Recontracting
Coleadership in Groups
Chapter Summary
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The Work Phase in the Group
Sessional Contracting in the Group
The Work Phase in a Group Session
Sessional Endings and Transitions
Chapter Summary
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Working With the Individual and the Group
The Concept of Role in a Dynamic System
The Scapegoat
The Deviant Member
The Gatekeeper
The Defensive Member
The Quiet Member
The Monopolizer
The Group as an Organism
Developmental Tasks for the Group
Chapter Summary
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Endings and Transitions With Groups
Ending and Transition Phase Summary
Group Illustrations
A Termination Session: The Worker Leaving the Group
Chapter Summary
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Variations in Group Practice
The Open-Ended Group
The Single-Session Group
Activity Groups
Chapter Summary
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Social Work With the System
Professional Impact and Helping Clients Negotiate the System
The Individual-System Interaction
Mediating the Individual-System Engagement
Confrontation, Social Pressure, and Advocacy
Professional Impact on the System
From Individual Problems to Social Action
Professional Impact and Interstaff Relationships
Chapter Summary
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Social Work in the Community
Community Practice in the Social Work Context
Community Organizing Philosophy and Models
The Neighborhood as Community
The Milieu as Community
Chapter Summary
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The Impact of the Agency, Ethics, Legislation, and Evaluation
Agency Records, Referral Reports, and the Agency Culture
Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice
The Impact of Legislation and the Court
Evaluation of Practice: Process and Outcomes
Chapter Summary
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Glossary
References
Index of Case Examples
Name Index
Subject Index

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