Generalist Practice / Edition 2

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This essential text presents a "task-centered" methodology--a structured, short-term problem-solving approach--applicable across systems at five levels of practice: the individual, the family, the group, organizations, and communities. The second edition offers more information on systems theories and includes case studies and practice questions with each chapter, as well as checklists for each level of practice and exercises to help students monitor their understanding and skill development.

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Editorial Reviews

Bradford W. Sheafor
Fills a gap in the social work literature. . . . In this thorough and carefully structured book, Tolson, Reid, and Garvin not only demonstrate how the task-centered approach can be applied to problem solving with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, but also identify the adaptions that must be made to apply the task-centered model at each level.
Establishes a methodology for a generalist medical practice by applying a structured, short-term, problem-solving approach that can be used with many different theoretical orientations to deal with individual, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Intended for practice classes for undergraduate and entry-level graduate students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231121828
  • Publisher: Columbia University
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 532
  • Product dimensions: 1.31 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eleanor Reardon Tolson is retired from the Jane Addams College of Social Work in the University of Illinois at Chicago. William J. Reid is chair of the doctorate in social work program at the State University of New York at Albany. Charles D. Garvin is professor emeritus at the School of Social Work in the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Task-Centered and Generalist PracticePart I: Individuals 2. Pretreatment Considerations3. The Initial Phase of Treatment4. The Middle Phase of Treatment5. TerminationPart II: Families 6. Pretreatment Considerations7. The Initial Phase of Treatment8. The Middle Phase of Treatment9. TerminationPart III: Groups 10. Pretreatment Considerations11. The Initial Phase of Treatment12. The Middle Phase of Treatment13. TerminationPart IV: Larger Systems 14. Task-Centered Work with Human Service Organizations15. Task-Centered Work with CommunitiesPart V: Diversity and Conclusions 16. Task-Centered Work with Culturally Diverse Clients17. Conclusion: Wrapping It Up

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