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Known in academic circles as the “bible” for clinical practitioners of social work, Casework: A Psychosocial Therapy introduces readers to the basic theory and principles in the practice of psychosocial therapy, along with attention to the historical development of the approach as it has been enriched and expanded over the years. The authors’ approach reflects a balanced focus on people, their environment, and the ways in which people interact with their environment. Essential techniques including how to conduct initial interviews with clients, crisis intervention, arriving at assessments, and choosing appropriate treatment, are thoroughly explained, and often clarified with case studies and vignettes, preparing readers to assess social work clients from a variety of perspectives. The book is designed for the graduate-level student who needs to master the principles, theories, and approaches of the psychosocial approach to applied practice, but it may also be used to fit a variety of courses, including the Introduction to Social Work BSW student who is looking for supplemental information on the basics of clinical practice. Now in its fifth edition, Casework has been thoroughly revised to keep discussions clear and up to date. New material has been added throughout, including a greater variety of case studies, discussions about current topics such as the influence of ethnicity and diversity in the social work practice, changes in family life roles, changes in ideas and practice approaches, and a significantly updated bibliography for reference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072901795
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 8/9/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary E. Woods received her MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She recently retired after ten years as Adjunct Associate Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City and over twenty years as an independent clinical practitioner with individuals, couples, families, and groups. In addition to her private practice, Ms. Woods had an extensive practice of consultation to other clinicians and with several social agencies. She has served as a field instructor, training director, and program developer during her seven year tenure in a family service agency, and she planned and directed a store-front counseling service to clients who had difficulty traveling to the agency’s main facility. She is the author or co-author of several articles and chapters, including “Psychosocial Theory and Social Work Treatment” in Francis J. Turner’s Social Work Treatment, and “Personality Disorders” in Francis J. Turner’s Adult Psychopathology II (due in 1999).

Florence Hollis was the sole author of the first two editions of Casework: A Psychosocial Therapy. She did her undergraduate work at Wellesley College, received her master’s degree from Smith College School of Social Work in 1931, and earned her doctorate from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in 1947. Through the depression years, she worked at family agencies in Philadelphia and in Cleveland, where she taught part-time at Western Reserve University. She was the editor of the Journal of Social Casework during the 1940s, and in 1947, she joined the teaching staff at Columbia University School of Social Work. While at Columbia, she developed her typology of casework procedures, which became the basis for ongoing and rigorous research into worker-client communication and the casework process. Over the course of her career, she published three books and over forty articles on casework. As a part of her busy life, Dr. Hollis saw clients on a regular basis; she considered it essential to the successful performance of her other professional roles.

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Theoretical Framework

Chapter 1: Casework: Then and Now

Chapter 2: The Psychosocial Frame of Reference: An Overview

Chapter 3: Examples of Clinical Social Work Practice

Chapter 4: The Hollis Classification of Casework Treatment
Part Two: Treatment: An Analysis of Procedures

Chapter 5: Sustainment, Direct Influence, and Exploration-Description-Ventilation

Chapter 6: Reflective Discussion of the Person-Situation Configuration

Chapter 7: Reflective Consideration of Pattern-Dynamic and Developmental Factors

Chapter 8: Psychosocial Therapy and the Environment

Chapter 9: The Client-Worker Relationship
Part Three: Diagnostic Understanding and the Treatment Process

Chapter 10: Initial Interviews and the Psychosocial Study

Chapter 11: Assessment and Diagnostic Understanding

Chapter 12: Choice of Treatment Objectives

Chapter 13: Choice of Treatment Procedures

Chapter 14: Family Therapy and Psychosocial Casework: A Theoretical Synthesis

Chapter 15: The Clinical Practice of Family Therapy

Chapter 16: Couple Treatment: Problems in Relationships

Chapter 17: Couple Treatment: Clinical Issues and Techniques

Chapter 18: Crisis Intervention and Brief Treatment

Chapter 19: Termination

Chapter 20: The Psychosocial Approach: Clinical Case Examples

Chapter 21: Studying and Working with the Hollis Typology
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    Casework: A Psychosocial Therapy, 5th edition

    Casework: A Psychosocial Therapy, 5th edition by Mary Woods and Florence Hollis For many years the classic Woods and Hollis text has been required reading for graduate students of social work at the Hunter College School of Social Work. The updated Fifth Edition is even more useful than previous editions in its in-depth and detailed explanations of modern social work practice. This book addresses clients' concrete practice needs, environmental deficits and pressures, and personal and relationship dilemmas. Seldom in the literature is the field of social work firmly grounded in its own special knowledge and traditions, described so fully that the reader can clearly distinguish it from other helping professions. Recently, when asked about which of many professional writings they found most helpful, eight-five percent of a class of first year social work graduate students consistently identified Casework as particularly valuable in illuminating knowledge essential to their education for social work; they noted the text's clear explications of the unique history, values, missions and rick accumulation of practice experience-and the complexity of the interactions among these-that must be mastered to train for a career in this profession. Students have further indicated that the book is extremely helpful in identifying the theories underlying social work practice and how these theories can be specifically applied in work with a broad range of clients, presenting a vast array of quandaries and difficulties, seen in many settings. Clear explanations of techniques (the 'how-tos' of practice)aid new social workers in developing skills of listening and intervening. The importance of 'mutuality' between clients and workers in emphasized. The text explains how clients-individuals, couples and families-can be helped to claim their own strengths and become empowered to resolve dilemmas, make decisions and choose changes. From the outset, the reader learns about social work's dual focus: on people and their environments and on the interactions and 'fit' between them. The book describes and illustrates how people's lives affect and are affected by external conditions. Straightfoward discussions and a wide variety of case examples demonstrate how inner and outer phenomena are in constant interaction and inseparably intertwined, and how social work interventions have to be tailored to focus on those systems most accessible to change. The four chapters on family and couple treatment introduce beginning students to multi-person interviewing and are often studied intensively by second year and post-graduate students who are preparing to gain further understanding and skill in these modalities. Dr. Florence Vigilante, Professor, The Hunter College School of Social Work, of the City University of New York Dr. Martha Haffey, Associate Professor and Chair of Casework, The Hunter College School of Social Work of the City University of New York

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2000

    A review of Casework: A Psychosocial Therapy

    As a graduate social work clinician of 15 years, I turn to Casework: A Psychosocial Therapy to renew my understanding, hone my skills, and refresh myself on the particulars of treatment techniques and procedures involved in individual, family, and couple work. There are few books that blend theory and the 'how-to' of clinical practice in the ways that this book does. It is an exceptionally clear text. This book reminds the clinician of the importance of listening closely to what is important to clients as opposed to imposing upon them what we think should be important to them. Respect for the client is foremost, and this book underlines this and other values which represent the best our profession offers. It is the definitive test in psychosocial casework, and I heartily recommend it to others.

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