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Direct Social Work Practice Theory and Skills

ISBN-10: 0534644589
ISBN-13: 9780534644581
Edition: 7th 2006 (Revised)
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Description: Through proven learning experiences that are as close to real-life practice as can be obtained from a book, DIRECT SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: THEORY AND SKILLS prepares social work students for effective work in the field. Many of the case examples are  More...

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Book details

List price: $159.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/7/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 704
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.058
Language: English

Through proven learning experiences that are as close to real-life practice as can be obtained from a book, DIRECT SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: THEORY AND SKILLS prepares social work students for effective work in the field. Many of the case examples are drawn from social work practitioners as well as the authors' own practice situations. Long praised for its appropriate level of rigor, the book integrates the major theories and skills that direct social work practitioners need to understand and master--thus giving the book its reputation as the classic source for helping students learn direct practice skills. Consisting of four parts, the book begins by identifying the mission of social work, its values, and knowledge base. The authors then differentiate generalist from direct practice and explore roles of direct practitioners. Common elements amongst diverse theorists are then examined while key intervention strategies and various client population and practice settings are presented. Specifically, Part One provides the foundational/values and knowledge base material; Part Two is devoted to the beginning phase of the helping process; Part Three addresses the middle phase (goal attainment strategies), discussing four intervention approaches; and Part Four clarifies the termination phase of direct practice.

Highly respected social work educators, Dean H. Hepworth and Jo Ann Larsen originally defined how direct practice should be taught.

Kim Strom-Gottfried (Ph.D., LISW) will be Assistant Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, beginning Fall 1999. She has taught for over ten years on both the BSW and MSW levels, and has been involved in field practica as an agency field instructor, faculty liaison and Acting Director of Field Education. Her practice experience includes direct service, administrative and planning positions in the field of mental health, through nonprofit and public agencies. She is actively involved in continuing professional education, developing and delivering workshops on a variety of topics, including "Training for Trainers", "Ethics" and "License Exam Preparation" courses. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on private practice, ethics, creative teaching and the effects of managed care on social work and social work education.

Preface
Introduction
The Challenges of Social Work
The Mission of Social Work
Purposes of Social Work
Social Work Values
Knowledge Base of Social Work Practice
Practicing Competently: An Ethical Requirement
Summary
Internet Resources
Internet Exercise
Related Online Content
Notes
Direct Practice: Domain, Philosophy, and Roles
Domain
A Philosophy of Direct Practice
Roles of Direct Practitioners
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Overview of the Helping Process
Common Elements among Diverse Theorists and Social Workers
The Helping Process
The Interviewing Process: Structure and Skills
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Operationalizing the Cardinal Social Work Values
The Interaction between Personal and Professional Values
The Cardinal Values of Social Work
Ethics
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Skill Development Exercises in Managing Ethical Dilemmas
Skill Development Exercises in Operationalizing Cardinal Values
Notes
Exploring, Assessing, and Planning
Building Blocks of Communication: Communicating with Empathy and Authenticity
Roles of the Participants
Communicating about Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Agency Policies
Facilitative Conditions
Empathic Communication
Developing Perceptiveness to Feelings
Accurately Conveying Empathy
Responding with Reciprocal Empathy
Authenticity
Relating Assertively to Clients
Summary
Internet Resources
Exercises in Responding Authentically and Assertively
Skill Development Exercises in Empathic Communication
Notes
Verbal Following, Exploring, and Focusing Skills
Maintaining Psychological Contact with Clients and Exploring Their Problems
Verbal Following Skills
Furthering Responses
Paraphrasing Responses
Closed- and Open-Ended Responses
Seeking Concreteness
Focusing: A Complex Skill
Summarizing Responses
Analyzing Your Verbal Following Skills
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Eliminating Counterproductive Communication Patterns
Impacts of Counterproductive Communication Patterns
Eliminating Nonverbal Barriers to Effective Communication
Eliminating Verbal Barriers to Communication
Gauging the Effectiveness of Your Responses
The Challenge of Learning New Skills
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Assessment: Exploring and Understanding Problems and Strengths
The Multidimensionality of Assessment
Defining Assessment: Process and Product
Assessment and Diagnosis
Culturally Competent Assessment
Emphasizing Strengths in Assessments
Sources of Information
Questions to Answer in Problem Assessment
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Assessment: Intrapersonal and Environmental Factors
The Interaction of Multiple Systems in Human Problems
Intrapersonal Systems
Biophysical Functioning
Assessing Use and Abuse of Medications, Alcohol, and Drugs
Assessing Cognitive/Perceptual Functioning
Assessing Emotional Functioning
Assessing Behavioral Functioning
Assessing Motivation
Assessing Environmental Systems
Written Assessments
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Assessing Family Functioning in Diverse Family and Cultural Contexts
The Evolution of Family Systems
Social Work Practice with Families
Defining Family
Family Stressors
A Systems Framework for Assessing Family Functioning
Systems Concepts
Family Rules
Content and Process Levels of Family Interactions
Assessing Problems Using the Systems Framework
Dimensions of Family Assessment
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Forming and Assessing Social Work Groups
Classification of Groups
Formation of Treatment Groups
Assessing Group Processes
Formation of Task Groups
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Negotiating Goals and Formulating a Contract
Goals
Measurement and Evaluation
Contracting
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
The Change-Oriented Phase
Planning and Implementing Change-Oriented Strategies
Planning Goal Attainment Strategies
Models of Practice
The Task-Centered System
Crisis Intervention
Cognitive Restructuring
Solution-Focused Treatment
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Developing Resources, Planning, and Advocacy as Intervention Strategies
Defining Macro Practice
Opportunities and Challenges
Developing and Supplementing Resources
Utilizing and Enhancing Support Systems
Advocacy and Social Action
Social Planning/Community Organization
Strategies and Skills of Community Intervention
Improving Institutional Environments
Organizational Environments
Service Coordination and Interorganizational Collaboration
Macro Practice Evaluation
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Enhancing Family Relationships
Approaches to Work with Families
Initial Contacts
Orchestrating the Initial Family Session
Intervening with Families: Cultural and Ecological Perspectives
Intervening with Families: Focusing on the Future
Giving and Receiving Feedback
Intervening with Families: Strategies to Modify Dysfunctional Interactions
Intervening with Families: Modifying Misconceptions and Distorted Perceptions
Intervening with Families: Modifying Dysfunctional Family Alignments
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Intervening in Social Work Groups
Stages of Group Development
The Leader's Role in the Stages of Group Development
Intervention into Structural Elements of a Group
Leader Interventions across Stages of Group Development
New Developments in Social Work with Groups
Work with Task Groups
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
Additive Empathy, Interpretation, and Confrontation
The Meaning and Significance of Client Self-Awareness
Additive Empathy and Interpretation
Confrontation
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Skill Development Exercises in Additive Empathy and Interpretation
Skill Development Exercises in Confrontation
Notes
Managing Barriers to Change
Barriers to Change
Relational Reactions
Managing Opposition to Change
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Skill Development Exercises in Managing Relational Reactions and Opposition
Notes
The Termination Phase
The Final Phase: Evaluation and Termination
Evaluation
Termination
Consolidating Gains and Planning Maintenance Strategies
Summary
Internet Resources
Related Online Content
Notes
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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