Generalist Social Work Practice : An Empowering Approach

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This book is now well-known as the first to incorporate the empowerment or strengths approach into social work practice. The Third Edition continues to emphasize a generalist, empowerment-oriented approach to practice at all levels (individual, family, groups, organizations, and community). The revision has incorporated more information on cultural groups, including consideration of white privilege and added emphasis on developing cross-cultural skills (Chapter 3), and updated information on cultural group ...
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Overview

This book is now well-known as the first to incorporate the empowerment or strengths approach into social work practice. The Third Edition continues to emphasize a generalist, empowerment-oriented approach to practice at all levels (individual, family, groups, organizations, and community). The revision has incorporated more information on cultural groups, including consideration of white privilege and added emphasis on developing cross-cultural skills (Chapter 3), and updated information on cultural group strengths (Chapter 9). There is also a renewed emphasis on larger systems including new frameworks for larger system assessment (Chapter 10) and more discussion of closure issues within larger systems (Chapter 16). Over 200 new resources have been added to update the research base and add breadth and depth to the consideration of empowerment-based practice. For anyone interested in social work/family therapy.

Covers values & purpose, functions & roles of social work, resource mgmt, ecosystems perspective, etc.

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Focusing on collaboration, a textbook discusses empowering processes that generalist social workers use with clients at the micro-, mid- and macrolevels of practice. Topics include the strengths perspective, cultural sensitivity, the process of creating alliances, ways to identify client system strengths and environmental resources, and methods for implementing and stabilizing change efforts. The authors maintain that an empowerment-based approach can enhance human functioning and promote social justice. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205299911
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition description: 2ND PKG

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Generalist Social Work Practice 3
2 The Ecosystems Perspective 25
3 Values and Cultural Competence 52
4 Strengths and Empowerment 77
5 An Empowering Approach to Generalist Practice 97
6 Forming Partnerships 121
7 Articulating Challenges 147
8 Defining Directions 178
9 Identifying Strengths 203
10 Analyzing Resource Capabilities 231
11 Framing Solutions 267
12 Activating Resources 299
13 Creating Alliances 330
14 Expanding Opportunities 364
15 Recognizing Success 392
16 Integrating Gains 423
Epilogue 450
App. A NASW Code of Ethics 452
App. B The Northside Community 471
References 475
Author Index 499
Subject Index 503
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