Direct Social Work Practice: Theory and Skills / Edition 8

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Overview

This revision gives social work students learning experiences that are as close to real-life practice as they can get before going out into the field. The book has long been praised for the rigor of its theory along with its emphasis on improving and refining the student's assessment, helping, and communication skills through numerous examples, case studies, and relevant practice exercises. Now this edition is earning praise for being even more readable and on the cutting edge with its inclusion of new material about managed care and diversity issues, and its expanded emphasis on client strengths and empowerment. The book also has been infused with new content about working with families and groups.
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A text for social work students, detailing basic skills for effective practice in an ecological systems framework. Overviews theoretical principles, and covers communication, assessment, and relationship- building skills, implementing change-oriented strategies, working with groups, and termination and evaluation. Includes skill development exercises. This fifth edition offers new material on managed care and diversity, client empowerment, involuntary clients, and the effects of changes in the political environment on social work. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495601678
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 654
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 3.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Highly respected social work educators, Dean H. Hepworth and Jo Ann Larsen originally defined how direct practice should be taught.

Ronald Rooney is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. A practitioner in child welfare, community mental health, and school social work, Dr. Rooney is also the author of STRATEGIES FOR WORK WITH INVOLUNTARY CLIENTS. He was the 2004 winner of the Academic Leadership Award of the College of Human Ecology, University of Minnesota.

Glenda Dewberry Rooney is a Professor, Department of Social Work, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate practice methods, as well as macro practice courses in organizations and administration. Now a full co-author, Dr. Rooney was a contributing author to the Sixth Edition of DIRECT SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: THEORY AND SKILLS. Her extensive experience as a trainer and consultant includes working with agencies concerned with children, youth and families, and community based research.

Kim Strom-Gottfried—also a contributor to the Sixth Edition of DIRECT SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE and now a full co-author—is a Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work where she teaches in the areas of direct practice, communities and organizations, and human resource management. Dr. Strom-Gottfried's scholarly interests involve ethics, managed care, and social work education. She provides training and consultation and research related to private practice, ethics, and managed care.

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Table of Contents

1 Social Work: An Overview 2
2 Direct Practice: Domain, Philosophy, and Roles 20
3 Overview of the Helping Process 30
4 Operationalizing the Cardinal Social Work Values 52
5 Relationship-Building Skills: Communicating with Empathy and Authenticity 92
6 Verbal Following, Exploring, and Focusing Skills 144
7 Eliminating Counterproductive Communication Patterns 177
8 Multidimensional Assessment 192
9 Assessing Intrapersonal and Environmental Systems 230
10 Assessing Family Functioning in Diverse Family and Cultural Contexts 278
11 Forming and Assessing Therapeutic Grotips 322
12 Enhancing Motivation with Involuntary and Ambivalent Clients 348
13 Negotiating Goals and Formulating a Contract 365
14 Planning and Implementing Change - Oriented Strategies 394
15 Enhancing Clients' Problem Solving, Social Skills, Assertiveness, and Stress Management 434
16 Modifying Environments, Developing Resourcess, and Planning 474
17 Enhancing Couple and Family Relationships 513
18 Intervening in Therapeutic Groups 556
19 Additive Empathy, Interpretation, and Confrontation 579
20 Managing Individual, Family, and Organizational Barriers to Change 600
21 The Final Phase: Termination and Evaluation 650
Appendix: The NASW Code of Ethics 669
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