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Make sure your clients get the best possible care throughout their lives

Contemporary Issues of Care presents the latest research findings on human behavior and the social environment for social workers practicing at the individual, family, and community levels. This timely book applies the functional-age model on intergenerational therapy (FAM) to examine the interaction between the care recipient’s biopsychosocial and spiritual functioning and the capacity of the family/caregiver to adapt. The book’s contributors examine the functions of various social systems in caregiving as well as the social worker’s role in processing and integrating information to help develop family-centered and community-based interventions.

Contemporary Issues of Care focuses on caregiving situations across the life span, using research findings to shape social work curriculum and to improve social work practice and services. With the family still the primary caregiving institution in the United States, the book examines the mutual interdependence among family members and the dynamic development of family structure and organization. An exemplary textbook for students in social work, the book also includes a workbook and CD.

Topics addressed in Contemporary Issues of Care include:

  • shifts in human behavior paradigms
  • family systems interventions
  • case management
  • sibling caregiving
  • the impact of culture on mental illness and mental health
  • the importance of self-care
  • elder abuse
  • substance abuse
  • children with cancer
  • diabetes
  • posttraumatic stress
  • inner-city challenges
  • caregiving for gay men and lesbians
  • caregiving for persons with dementia
  • community caregiving
  • and much more
Contemporary Issues of Care is filled with charts, tables, diagrams, and sample interviews that supplement articles from the leading practitioners and academics in the field. This book is an essential resource for anyone involved in social work practice for individuals, families, and communities.
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What People Are Saying

Karen M. Sowers
PROVIDES A RICH RESOURCE FOR STUDENTS AND PRACTITIONERS of the latest and most effective approaches for assessment and intervention with the aged, persons challenged with health and mental health conditions, and their caregivers. This new book is AN EXCELLENT REFERENCE for all professionals interested in teaching and providing services in processing and integrating assessment information for family-centered and community-based interventions. Covering newly emerging critical issues such as practice with older Latinos, families caring for persons with HIV/AIDS and caregiving in the inner-city and with rural populations, this new book provides the latest state-of-the art information. ALL SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS AND EDUCATORS SHOULD KEEP THIS BOOK AT THEIR FINGER TIPS! (Karen M. Sowers, PhD, Dean and Professor, The College of Social Work, The University of Tennessee)
Joan Levy Zlotnik
AN AMBITIOUS AND SUCCESSFUL EFFORT to integrate several different conceptual frameworks in order to expand our perspectives on human behavior and the social environment. Combining a life course framework, family systems theory, resilience and a strengths perspective and the functional assessment model WILL BE INSTRUCTIVE FOR STUDENTS ACROSS MULTIPLE FIELDS OF PRACTICE. The individual chapters provide important information about caregiving roles across cultures, chronic and acute medical and mental health conditions from an intergenerational perspective. Addresses diverse family roles across many diverse cultural and ethnic populations, including that of sibling caregivers, and provides critical information that can help enhance clinical and case management practice. Beyond focusing on perspectives that can assist social workers who practice with individuals and families, the book also includes several chapters that apply the functional assessment model to community and administrative levels of practice. The resource materials at the end of the book are useful assignments, hand-outs and exercise that faculty can use with students in order to bring the framework presented to reality. (Joan Levy Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW, Executive Director, Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research)
Shira Hantman
This PRACTICAL AND READABLE book is designed for social work practitioners who work with the large and diverse caregiving situations across the lifespan. The book addresses multi-cultural populations including Hispanics, African-Americans, Korean-Americans and Latinos, gender sensitive issues relating to the older gay and lesbian community, and social problems such as abuse and service utilization. Special attention is given to specific medical concerns in the field of pediatric oncology, HIV and mental illness. Practitioners are guided through the assessment and intervention process utilizing useful practice resources and skills, for example, the Functional-Age-Model and Explanatory Models with a cultural context. This book is AN INVALUABLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION for social workers, nurses, physicians and policy makers whose concern it is to uphold and promote an ethical, cultural competent and professional service to a potentially at-risk population. The assessment and intervention workbook PROVIDES USEFUL CLASSROOM MATERIALS AND RESOURCES that enable hands on application of the models and interventions presented in the book. (Shira Hantman, PhD, Head of School of Social Work, Tel-Hai College, Israel)
Robyn L. Golden
A COMPREHENSIVE AND CUTTING-EDGE CONTRIBUTION addressing the contemporary issues of giving care that encompasses the variations and diversity of caregiving situations. It highlights the importance of culture, race, and ethnicity while viewing care as a lifespan issue. (Robyn L. Golden, LCSW, Director of Older Adult Programs, Rush University Medical Center)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789032416
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

  • About the Contributors
  • Preface: Contemporary Issues of Care (Roberta R. Greene)
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: The Functional-Age Model of Intergenerational Treatment (Roberta R. Greene and Sally Hill Jones)
  • Chapter 2. Intervention Continued: Providing Care Through Case Management (Roberta R. Greene and Michael Uebel)
  • Chapter 3. Mental Health Care Policy: Recognizing the Needs of Minority Siblings as Caregivers (Tara R. Earl)
  • Chapter 4. Older Latinos and Mental Health Services: Understanding Access Barriers (John M. Gonzalez)
  • Chapter 5. Self-Care in Caregiving (Sally Hill Jones)
  • Chapter 6. Issues in Caregiving: Elder Abuse and Substance Abuse (Mary Margaret Just)
  • Chapter 7. The Hidden Population: The Rural Female Elderly in Korea and Their Economic Status (Eunkyung Kim)
  • Chapter 8. The Role of African-American Pastors in Mental Health Care (Kimberly D. Farris)
  • Chapter 9. Self-Care Practices and Hispanic Women with Diabetes (Olivia Lopez)
  • Chapter 10. Care Needs of Older Adults Following a Traumatic or Disastrous Event (Roberta R. Greene and Sandra A. Graham)
  • Chapter 11 Caregivers of Children with Cancer (Barbara L. Jones)
  • Chapter 12. Families Caring for Persons with HIV/AIDS (Laura M. Hopson)
  • Chapter 13. New Challenge to Inner-City Caregiving: What Organizations Must Do to Address Urban-Rural Mix Communities (Michael A. Wright)
  • Chapter 14. Older Lesbian and Gay Caregivers: Caring for Families of Choice and Caring for Families of Origin (Harriet L. Cohen and Yvette Murray)
  • Chapter 15. Dementia Caregivers: Rewards in Multicultural Perspectives (Harriet L. Cohen and Youjung Lee)
  • Chapter 16. Community Caregiving Partnerships in Aging: Promoting Alliances to Support Care Providers (Nancy Kropf) APPENDIX
  • The Assessment and Intervention Planning Workbook (To be used in conjunction with CD-ROM) (Michael Wright)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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