Decision Cases for Advanced Social Work Practice Thinking Like a Social Worker

ISBN-10: 0534521967
ISBN-13: 9780534521967
Edition: 2006
List price: $87.95
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Description: Designed for MSW-level social work students, this collection of cases encourages readers to think like practicing professionals. The cases depict actual situations across a variety of practice settings--individuals, families, groups, organizations,  More...

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Book details

List price: $87.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.10" wide x 8.60" long x 0.20" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Designed for MSW-level social work students, this collection of cases encourages readers to think like practicing professionals. The cases depict actual situations across a variety of practice settings--individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Sure to stimulate in-depth class discussions, these detailed, open-ended cases urge students to decide on the central problem and recommend a course of action. The resulting case analyses and class discussions help students develop important problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, internalize social work values and ethics, and apply theory to practice. Through the "decision case" approach, students adopt attitudes and skills that are considered essential for effective social work practice, yet difficult to teach in the traditional curriculum. As they discuss their perspectives on these cases, students learn to articulate and defend their positions, to listen more effectively, and to develop skills in, and appreciation for, collaborative problem-solving.

T. Laine Scales is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development and Professor of Higher Education at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. She served for 12 years as a faculty member in social work at Baylor University and Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, where she taught human behavior with individuals, groups, communities, and organizations. Dr. Scales has published in the areas of social welfare history, spirituality and religion in social work, and rural social work. She has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books, including ALL THAT FITS A WOMAN: TRAINING SOUTHERN BAPTIST WOMEN FOR CHARITY AND MISSION, 1907-1926 (Mercer University Press, 2000), SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: DECISION CASES WITH TEACHING NOTES (Council on Social Work Education, 2002), RURAL SOCIAL WORK: ASSET-BUILDING TO SUSTAIN RURAL COMMUNITIES (Brooks/Cole, 2004), and DECISION CASES FOR GENERALIST PRACTICE: THINKING LIKE A SOCIAL WORKER (Thomson, 2006). Dr. Scales earned her BA at the University of North Carolina, her MSW at the Carver School of Church Social Work, Louisville, KY, and her PhD at the University of Kentucky.

Terry A. Wolfer is an associate professor of social work at the University of South Carolina and serves on the editorial board of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. His research interests include social work education and religion and spirituality in social work practice.Vicki M. Runnion is a social worker at Hospice of Louisville, Kentucky. Employed in end-of-life care since 1980, she also staffs the ethics committee for the Hospice of Louisville and coordinates orientation for new social workers and chaplains. She was previously an adjunct instructor in social work at the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, and the University of Louisville.

To the student
An Introduction to Decision Cases and Case Method Learning
Tips for Learning from Decision Cases
Cases
Jim's License to Drive
Larry Steele's Group
Advocating for Clients
Fran's Questions
Private Charity
One Little Boy (A)
In Good Faith
Planet Methadone
I Don't Know How it Happened
Just Share
Earring
Revealing Problems (A)

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