Competency in Generalist Practice: A Guide to Theory and Evidence-Based Decision Making / Edition 1

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Competency in Generalist Practice features an original and timely social work practice model that will transform the way generalist and evidence-based practice are taught. Writing with outstanding clarity and sense of purpose, Elizabeth Moore Plionis guides students in the use of a decision tree that will help them take a conscious, theory- and evidence-based approach to solving the complex problems they will face as social workers. This book is a concise but powerful tool for learning how to become an effective social work practitioner.

*Presents direct and indirect practice in alternate chapters rather than separate volumes, comparing and contrasting them in an easy-to-grasp manner
*Includes chapters on topics rarely found in comparable texts, including professional regulatory and fiduciary responsibilities, case and class advocacy, and service delivery to impoverished families and children
*Covers important macro practice skills such as non-clinical communication, crisis management, and the use of groups in policy, management, and community and social change
*Features flow charts, decision schemas, and examples of process recordings that vividly illustrate the material
*Incorporates both traditional and new theories into the discussion, linking them to technique and putting them in the context of direct and indirect methods at each step of the decision hierarchy
*Supplemented by a companion website that contains slides and a teachers guide for download

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Editorial Reviews

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"Written with clarity, sophistication, and accessibility, this book utilizes social work and interdisciplinary writings, and is relevant to students, practitioners, and scholars interested in the practice, theory, and evidence of generalist social work."-- John R. Graham, Murray Fraser Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Canada

"This text considers the student as learner in the profession. It focuses on the "how to" questions practitioners confront in everyday practice - how to determine best practice interventions in light of multiple data. The case scenarios help students learn how to apply the decision tree, a useful tool that allows the practitioner to organize and prioritize assessment for best practice decisions."-- Frank R. Baskind, Professor and Dean, School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195177992
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/11/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

After twenty-four years of service, Dr. Plionis is retired from the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America, where she taught several different courses across program levels and sequences and served as Assistant Dean and chair of the undergraduate social work program.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Presentation of the Decision Tree
2. Social Work and the Law: Fiduciary Responsibilities
3. The Policy Context of Social Work Practice
4. Communication Skills for Clinical Practice: Interviewing
5. Communication Skills for Policy, Advocacy, Management, and Community Practice
6. Relationship in Clinical Practice- The Art of Healing
7. Relationship in Non-Clinical Practice The Art of Leadership
8. Clinical Crisis Intervention: Basic, Advanced and Domain-Specific
9. Crisis Management-Disasters and Public Tragedies
10. Case Management: Serving Highly Vulnerable Client Populations
11. Case and Class Advocacy
12. Work with Individuals--Therapy
13. Case-Specific Model Building: Case Presentation
14. Family Therapy
15. Welfare Service to Children and Families
16. Use of Groups in Clinical Practice
17. Use of Groups in Policy, Advocacy, Management and Community Practice
18. Theory, Research and Predictions About the Future of Evidence-Based Practice

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