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

ISBN-10: 0534521940

ISBN-13: 9780534521943

Edition: 2006

Authors: T. Laine Scales, Terry A. Wolfer

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This collection of cases provides social work students with opportunities to practice thinking like social work professionals. These accounts, referred to as decision cases, depict actual situations encountered by BSW-level generalist social workers across a variety of practice settings in their work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, or 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.
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List price: $102.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/18/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

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.

About the Editors
Case Author Biographies
About Decision Cases
An Introduction to Decision Cases and Case Method Learning
What Is Your Experience with Cases?
Cases in Social Work Education
Distinguishing Decision Cases from Other Types
Outcomes of Decision Case Learning
Case Method Teaching
The Cases
Where these Cases Came from, and How They Were Written
Reading the Cases
Tips for Learning from Decision Cases
Reading the Case
Digging into the Case Situation: Develop Your "Awareness"
Develop Empathic Understanding
Defining or Formulating the Problem
Analysis: Identifying the Key Issues and How They Relate
Prepare to Participate: Take a Stand
Things to Avoid while Preparing
Actively Support Your Conclusions in the Discussion, But Stay Open to Emerging Insights
Listen Carefully
Making Contributions
Things to Avoid in Case Discussions
Trust the Process
Focus on Here-and-Now Process, and Results Will Follow
Maintain Perspective
Finally, Focus on Long-Term Outcomes
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Finding Our Way
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