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This is a brief text attempts to clarify the vital, underlying element in the client worker relationship: the contract. Historically, contracting has been associated with cognitive-behavioral therapies. But the pressures of managed care and accountability have encouraged workers from all backgrounds to use contracting as well. The author examines the various kinds of contracts in the social work environment within various practice settings, populations, and theoretical perspectives, discussing both agency contracts and contracts with individual clients.
1. Professional Contracts. 2. Ethical Issues In Developing A Client-Worker Contract. 3. Informed Consent In The Contracting Process. 4. The Service Contract. 5. The Initial Contract. 6. Preparing For The Therapeutic Contract. 7. Developing A Therapeutic Contract- From Specific Goals To Specific Objectives. 8. Developing A Therapeutic Contract- From Specific Objectives To Interventions, Tasks, And Treatments. 9. Contracting Throughout The Course Of Therapy. 10. Ten Case Exercises For Practice.