Involuntary Clients in Social Work Practice: A Research-Based Approach

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Aimed at both practitioners and graduate students, this book describes social work practice with a challenging client population: those clients who do not voluntarily seek help from social workers. The authors present concepts, principles, and techniques for working effectively with involuntary clients at varying levels of restrictiveness in settings ranging from child protective services to mental health and criminal justice agencies. Dr. Ivanoff and her colleagues describe research-based practice from the viewpoint of the practitioner, and illustrate its application in work with clients in those settings. The framework employed throughout is a phase model of practice, emphasizing key decisions that social workers make in each practice phase, from assessment through planning and implementing interventions to termination and follow-up. Such a model enables the practitioner to solve problems and achieve objectives at each of the interrelated phases. Despite the growing numbers of involuntary clients in recent years, little attention has been paid to developing innovations in working with these client groups. Thus, Involuntary Clients will meet a perceived need in graduate training and practice. It is also hoped that it will stimulate clinical researchers to test the relative efficacy of different approaches for both voluntary and involuntary clients.
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“The issue of effectiveness—the extent to which social programs are successful in achieving positive changes in the lives of clients—has been the center of much attention in social work. Nowhere is the challenge of effective practice greater than in work with clients who have not voluntarily sought help. This book makes an important contribution in its successful weaving of the dual themes of effective, research-based practice with principles and techniques for working with involuntary clients. Case examples richly illustrate the use of research concepts and tools in everyday work with clients in three types of settings: criminal justice, child welfare, and mental health. Program planners as well as direct practitioners will find a wealth of references and resources for more innovative and effective social interventions in a wide range of settings. Graduate; faculty.” —B. A. Pine, Choice “The authors present helpful ideas and techniques concerning the selection, description, implementation, and evaluation of interventions. They also provide well-selected case material to illustrate certain interventions. . . . The book not only is a welcome addition to the literature of involuntary clients but is also a solid contribution to the knowledge base of social work practice.” —William J. Reid, Social Service Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202360881
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/1994
  • Series: Modern Applications of Social Work Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Engagement and Assessment 19
3 Planning and Implementing Research-Based Practice 57
4 Termination and Follow-Up 83
5 Research-Based Practice With Clients in the Criminal Justice System 105
6 Research-Based Practice With Child Protective Services 145
7 Research-Based Practice With Involuntary Mental Health Clients 179
References 223
Index 235
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