Generalist Practice in Larger Settings 2E: Knowledge and Skill Concepts / Edition 2

Generalist Practice in Larger Settings 2E: Knowledge and Skill Concepts / Edition 2

by Thomas M. Meenaghan, W. Eugene Gibbons, John G. McNutt
     
 

Meenaghan (social work, New York University) develops an understanding of foundation knowledge of generalist practice in this second edition of a text for students in social work. This edition preserves the focus of the first edition, integrating content on human behavior and practice, and adds a new chapter on decision making, stressing topics such as the nature of… See more details below

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Meenaghan (social work, New York University) develops an understanding of foundation knowledge of generalist practice in this second edition of a text for students in social work. This edition preserves the focus of the first edition, integrating content on human behavior and practice, and adds a new chapter on decision making, stressing topics such as the nature of practice issues, analysis of resources, fitting resources to problems, and use of time by the practitioner. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780925065858
Publisher:
Lyceum Books, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208

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Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Preface to the First Editionxiii
1Introduction and Overview1
Value Base and Purpose1
Practice Units of Attention as Actors and Targets of Change3
Practice Framework and Role5
Conclusion6
Internet Resources6
2The Generalist Model, Problem Solving, and Social Change7
Generalist Practice7
A Working Model of Problem Solving9
The Nature of Social Change and Related Concepts13
The Rational Model and the Force Field Perspective16
The Role of Politics in Macropractice20
Conclusion22
Recommended Readings23
Internet Resources23
3Working with Organizations25
Agencies as Complex, Formal Organizations25
Characteristics of Formal Organizations27
More Recent Ways to Look at Organizations30
Identifying Select Problems in Human Service Organizations32
Organizational Culture and Behavior34
Conclusion37
Recommended Readings37
Internet Resources38
4Working with Communities39
Community and Its Characteristics39
Community Model46
Communities as Social Systems47
Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft48
Economic and Political Power52
Key Elements of Community Culture and History: What Change Is Possible?61
Conclusion66
Recommended Readings66
Internet Resources66
5Entering and Assessing Communities67
Nature of Community67
Census Data and Other Data Sources69
Assessing Community Type70
Conducting Community Studies78
Making Needs Assessments84
Assessing Support and Facilitating Change90
Conclusion94
Recommended Readings95
Internet Resources96
6Cultivating Change97
Origins of Contempory Community Practice97
Approaching Community Change98
Using Key Informants109
Understanding Why Leaders Dislike Boards and Committees110
Selecting Board and Committee Members112
Resolving Conflict115
Conclusion119
Recommended Readings119
Internet Resources120
7Exercising Leadership121
Approaches to Leadership121
Clarifying Leadership: Actors and Functions123
Promoting Board Aims127
Promoting Board Process130
Recognizing Board Roles131
Being a Leader135
Conclusion139
Recommended Readings139
Internet Resources140
8Issues, Resources, and Practice Strategies141
Issues and Resources141
Practice Issues in Complicated Environments142
Practitioner Judgment and Use of Self in Change144
Conclusion149
Recommended Readings149
Internet Resources150
9Evaluating Practice151
Using Evaluation151
Understanding Evaluation Content153
Distinguishing Evaluation from Accountability158
Conclusion159
Internet Resources159
10Integrating Practice: A Framework for Study, Assessment, Intervention, and Follow-Up161
Study, Exploration, and Data Gathering161
Statement of Problem162
Assessment and Strategies163
Decision and Implementation163
Evaluation and Follow-Up165
Conclusion166
Internet Resources166
11Practice Examples in Larger Settings167
Case Study 1Devonshire168
Case Study 2Queensbridge170
Case Study 3Centralization of Power in a Large Political Entity173
Bibliography181
Index187

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