Social Work Diagnosis in Contemporary Practice / Edition 1

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The unifying theme of this broad-reaching volume is that responsible, ethical, and effective social work practice rests on the diagnostic skills of the practitioner. Social work diagnosis refers to the conscious formulation of an ongoing set of decisions about the client and his or her situation, which serve as the basis for intervention-decisions for which the practitioner must be prepared to take responsibility. Diagnostic skill development is an ongoing process principally enhanced by a continuous commitment to remain at the cutting edge of the profession's body of knowledge, but one of the challenges for today's practitioner is keeping abreast of the rapidly expanding body of knowledge contained in some 200 important social work periodicals in circulation. Francis J. Turner, a preeminent clinical scholar, brings together in one volume some of the best work published since 2000, each reflecting new insights into understanding psychosocial situations and innovative methods of applying knowledge and skills in an increasingly effective manner. Each of the 78 articles in this volume highlights some of the critical dimensions of contemporary social work practice, guiding clinicians to address four key aspects in order to craft an accurate diagnosis. The first section presents articles covering the developmental spectrum, each of which fully explains various ages and stages of development. The second section focuses on a range of specific situations, helping practitioners and students enrich their understanding of different types of problems they meet in contemporary practice, whether they are based in mental illness, psychosocial issues, or physical ailments. The third section addresses the crucial component of diversity, demonstrating the complexity and critical importance of truly understanding clients and their lives. The last section of the book discusses innovative approaches to practice, selected to offer practitioners easy access to the latest interventions for a host of contemporary challenges facing clients and their therapists. Broad in scope and tightly focused on the goal of providing the most up-to-date information necessary for accuracy in the diagnostic process, this volume represents some of the best research available to today's social workers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This volume can be useful to novice and experienced clinicians alike to quickly refresh their memories...easily accessible and is an important reference for any clinician."—Social Work Today

"This excellent contribution will be sure to enhance our understanding of diagnosis."-Florence Vigilante, Hunter College School of Social Work and Senior Editor, Journal of Teaching in Social Work

"An extraordinary achievement and the author has my congratulations and gratitude for producing what will prove to be the essential guidebook for social work practitioners." —Barbara Thomlison, Florida International University

"A resource that honors the profession."-Gerald Schamess, Smith College

"This reference of 782 narrative pages extends over a breadth of diverse topics relevant to social work diagnosis and hence practice...a significant addition to any social worker's professional library."—Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195168785
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/10/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilfrid Laurier University (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

1. Precursors of mental health problems for low birth weight children: the salience of family environment during the first year of life, Sandra J. Weiss and Mary St. John Seed
2. Resilient children: What they tell us about coping with maltreatment, Darla L. Henry
3. Five images of maturity in adolescence: What does "grown up" mean?, Lauree C. Tilton-Weaver, Erin T. Vitunski and Nancy L. Galambos
4. Parent-child synchrony and adolescent adjustment, James G. Barber, Floyd Bolitho and Lorne Bertrand
5. Parenting expectations and concerns of fathers and mothers of newborn infants, Greer Litton Fox, Carol Bruce and Terri Combs-Orme
6. Parenting stress and externalizing child behavior, J. Morgan, D. Robinson and J. Aldridge
7. Parental divorce and young adult children's romantic relationships: Resolutions of the divorce experience, Shmuel Shulman, Miri Scharf, Daniel Lumer, and Offer Maurer
8. Envisioning fatherhood: A social psychological perspective on young men without kids, William Marsiglio, Sally Hutchinson and Mark Cohen
9. The function of fathers: What poor men say about fatherhood, Kathleen A. Kost
10. 'Undeserving' mothers? Practitioners' experiences working with young mothers in/from care, Deborah Rutman, Susan Strega, Marilyn Callahan and Lena Dominelli
11. Redifining motherhood; adaptation to role change for women with AIDS, Ruth Anne Van Loon
12. The long-term outcome of reunions between adult adopted people and their birth mothers, David Howe and Julia Feast
13. Adoption as a family form, Karen March and Charlen Miall
14. The trouble with foster care: The impact of stressful 'events' on foster carers, Kate Wilson, Ian Sinclair and Ian Gibbs
15. The importance of partners to lesbian intergenerational relationships, Michael C. LaSala
16. The evolution of homoerotic behavior in humans, Frank Muscarella
17. Heterosexual males: A group forgotten by the profession of social work, Peter S. Theodore and Susan A. Basow
18. From grandparents to care giver: The stress and satisfaction of raising grandchilren, Deborah P. Waldorp and Joseph A. Weber
19. Grandparents raising grandchildren: Families in transition, Joseph A. Weber and Deborah P. Waldorp
20. Later-life transitions into widowhood, Cheryl D. Lee and Louanne Bakk
21. Understanding the ageing process: A developmental perspective of the psychosocial and spiritual dimensions, Elizabeth MacKinlay
22. Values underlying end-of-life decisions: A qualitative approach, Ronit D. Leichtentritt
Part II: Problem as a Component of Diagnosis.
A. Problems with a Mental Illness Basis
23. A new understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Alternate concepts and interventions, Natalie J. Yeschin
24. When she was bad: Borderline personality disorder in a posttraumatic age, Dana Becker
25. Clinical features of survivors of sexual abuse with major depression, Caron Zlotnick, Jill Mattia and Mark Zimmerman
26. Panic disorder and self states: clinical and research illustrations, Donna M. Mahoney
27. Obsessive-compulsive symptomatology: A goal-directed response to anticipated traumatization?, Dianne W. Trumbull
28. Early-onset schizophrenia: A literature review of empirically-based interventions, Catherine N. Dulmus and Nancy J. Smyth
B. Problems of a Psychosocial Nature
29. Domestic violence in later life: An overview for health care providers, Bonnie Brandl and Deborah L. Horan
30. Homeless persons with mental illness and their families: Emerging issues from clinical work, Deborah Fisk, Michael Rowe, Dori Laub, Lisa Calvocoressi and Kathleen DeMino
31. Shyness and social phobia: A social work perspective on a problem in living, Joseph Walsh
32. Smoking cessation: Increasing practice understanding and time-limited intervention strategy, Sophia F. Dziegielewski and Jamie A. Eater
33. Stalking: The constant threat of violence, Shari A. Sinwelski and Linda Vinton
34. Social work with clients comteplating suicide: Complexity and ambiguity in the clinical, ethical, and legal considerations, Faye Mishna, Beverly J. Antle and Cheryl Regehr
35. Posttraumatic stress symptoms following near-death experiences, Bruce Greyson
36. Lost boys: Why our sons turn violent and how we can save them, James Garbarino
C. Problems with a Physical Basis
37. A descriptive analysis of older adults with HIV/AIDS in California, Charles A. Emlet and Kathleen J. Farkas
38. Coping strategies, life style changes, and pessimsm after open-heart surgery, Hasida Ben-Zur, Batya Rappaport, Ronny Ammar and Gideon Uretzky
39. The experience of deafened adults: Implications for rehabilitation services, Miguel O. Aguayo and Nick F. Coady
40. Challenges of Type 2 diabetes and role of health care social work: A neglected area of practice, Vaughn A. DeCoster
41. Judith Dobrof, Arlene Dolinko, Elena Lichtiger, Jaime Uribarri and Irwin Epstein
42. Senile dimentia of the Alzheimer type, Dorothea Marie Epple
Part III. Elements of Diversity to be Addressed in Our Diagnosis
43. Africans and racisms in the New Millennium, Femi Ojo-Ade
44. Cultural determinants in the treatment of Arab Americans: A primer for mainstream therapists, Anna Y. Nobles and Daniel T. Sciarra
45. A body-mind-spirit model in health: An Eastern approach, Cecilia Chan, Petula Sik Ying Ho and Esther Chow
46. Does social work oppress Evangelical Christians? A "new class" of society and social work, David R. Hodge
47. Depressive symptoms in farm women: Effects of health status and farming life style characteristics, behaviors and beliefs, Anne K. Carruth and Cynthia A. Logan
48. Social work with immigrants and refugees: Developing a participation-based framework for anti-oppressive practice, Kathleen Valtonen
49. Native Hawaiian traditional healing: Culturally based interventions for social work practice, Donna E. Hurdle
50. Cultural and linguistic considerations in psychodiagnosis with Hispanics: The need for an empirically informed process model, Robert G. Malgady and Luis H. Zayas
51. Working with victims of persecution: Lessons from Holocaust survivors, Joanne Levine
52. Migrants and their parents: Care giving from a distance, Cora Vellekoop Baldock
53. Biracial sensitive practice: Expanding social services to an invisible population, Ronald E. Hall
54. Constructing ethnicity: Culture and ethnic conflict in the New World Disorder, Kevin Avruch
55. Race and ethnicity, nativity and issues of health care, S. Sudha and Elizabeth J. Mutran
56. Racism as a clinical syndrome, James E. Dobbins and Judith H. Skillings
57. Constructing a place for religion and spirituality in psychodynamic practice, Terry B. Northcut
58. Mental health and social justice: Gender, race and psychological consequences of unfairness, Michael Sheppard
59. Impact of the threat of war on children in military families, Nancy A. Ryan-Wenger
60. Andrew I. Batavia and Richard L. Beaulaurier
Part IV. What Does Our Diagnosis Lead Us to Do?
61. Changing the rules: A board game lets homeless women tell their stories, Guylaine Racine and Odile Sevigny
62. The use of crisis teams in response to violent or critical incidents in schools, Verba Fanolis
63. Nurturing life with dreams: Therapeutic dream work with cancer patients, Ann Goelitz
64. Using eye movement desensitization to enhance treatment of couples, Howard Protinsky, Jennifer Sparks and Kimberly Flemke
65. Depression, existential family therapy, and Victor Frankl's dimensional ontology, Jim Lantz
66. Food for thought: The use of food in group therapy with children and adolescents, Faye Mishna, Barbara Muskat, and Gerald Schamess
67. "Less is best"— a group-based treatment program for persons with personality disorders, Donna Hurdle
68. The harm reduction approach revisited: An international perspective, Ming-sum Tsui
69. Identifying human remains following an air disaster: The role of social work, Christina E. Newhill and Edward W. Sites
70. Long distance psychoanalysis, Leah Lipton
71. Money as a tool for negotiating separateness and connectedness in the therapeutic relationship, F. Diane Barth
72. A narrative perspective on "doing" for multiproblem families, Cigal Knei-Paz and David S. Ribner
73. The value of pets in geriatric practice: A program example, Helen Ebenstein and Jennifer Wortham
74. Motivational enhancement counseling strategies in delivering a telephone-based brief HIV prevention intervention, Scott E. Rutledge, Roger A. Roffman, Christine Mahoney, Joseph F. Picciana, James P. Berghuis, and Seth C. Kalichman
75. Resolving therapeutic impasses by using the supervisor's countertransference, Herbert S. Stream
76. Parent training via CD-ROM: Using technology to dessiminate effective prevention practices, Donald A. Gordon
77. On being a strength coach: Child welfare and the strengths model, Donald N. Noble, Kathleen Perkins and Marian Fatout
78. Evaluation of yoga and meditation with adolescent sex offenders, David Derezotes

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