Direct Social Work Practice: Theory and Skills / Edition 5

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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: 9780534251048
  • Publisher: Brooks/Cole
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Series: Social Work Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 615
  • Product dimensions: 8.19 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.21 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001


    This is a great book for learning clinical work in social work practice. This is a required text book for my graduate level courses and I find myself reading it when I am not in school. Very easy to read and understand. Very helpful to learn the tools to work with individuals in need.

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