The Empowerment Approach to Social Work Practice / Edition 2

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First published in 1994, this book was hailed as a cutting-edge, theory-driven report from the front-line trenches in the battle for social justice. Both clinical and community oriented and written from a global perspective, it presents clients speaking for themselves alongside reports of prominent social work educators. This new edition puts greater emphasis on "how-to" skills in working with people toward their own empowerment and stresses multiculturalism. A new chapter identifies worldwide issues of oppression such as abuse of women and children and neglect of the mentally ill.

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Editorial Reviews

Social Work With Groups
It covers a lot of ground, yet stays grounded and rooted in empowerment practice. It should have appeal to both clinical and macro social workers, academicians and practicioners alike.

— Lee H. Staples

Social Work With Groups - Lee H. Staples

It covers a lot of ground, yet stays grounded and rooted in empowerment practice. It should have appeal to both clinical and macro social workers, academicians and practicioners alike.

Social Work With Groups

It covers a lot of ground, yet stays grounded and rooted in empowerment practice. It should have appeal to both clinical and macro social workers, academicians and practicioners alike.

— Lee H. Staples

From a direct practice skills and processes approach, Lee (emerita, U. of Connecticut School of Social Work), updates the 1994 edition with further case studies and academic/personal analysis from a multifocal vision of understanding individual and group oppression and empowerment: historical, ecological, critical, ethical, and feminist. The final chapter puts human rights empowerment in a global context counter to economic globalization. Includes Web resources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231115483
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 750,630
  • Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith A. B. Lee is professor of social work at Florida Gulf Coast University and professor emerita of the University of Connecticut. She is the author of many publications, including Walk a Mile in My Shoes.

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Table of Contents

Dreaming Justice and the Beloved Community in the Twenty-First CenturyThe Empowerment Approach: A Conceptual FrameworkEstablishing Multifocal Vision: The History of OppressionEstablishing Multifocal Vision: The Ecological Perspective and CopingMultifocal Vision: Developing Ethclass, Feminist, Cultural, Global, and Critical Perspectives--One Clear Lens, Many FociMaking Beginnings in Individual and Family Empowerment: Processes and Practical SkillsAssessment for Empowerment: Content and ProcessWorking on Problems Together: The Empowerment of Individuals and FamiliesEmpowering Special PopulationsThe Empowerment Group ApproachEmpowerment Groups: Working Together Toward EmpowermentCommunity and Political Empowerment PracticeEmpowerment in Global Perspective: Social and Economic Justice For All

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