Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents / Edition 1

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This text identifies factors that influence children and adolescents and indicates how professionals can help young people as clients in a variety of settings.

The strengths of the text include a pragmatic focus on both children and adolescents, a broad conception of practice, an emphasis on assessment, the use of historical, organizational, and developmental perspectives, and a major social problems focus. The text is divided into three parts to identify the context of social work with children and adolescents, examine the helping process, and discuss applications of that process.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205309382
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/29/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

All chapters end with “Conclusion.”





1. History and Social Policies Shaping Practice with Children and Adolescents.

The Recognition of Childhood and the Needs of Children.

Twentieth Century Progress.

Policies and Implements Affecting Children.

The Social Security Act.

Contemporary Concerns in the Lives of Children.


Mental Health Services.

Child Welfare Services.


Juvenile Courts and Delinquency.

2. Cultures, Communities, and Families.

Minority Children and Adolescents.

Values, Morality, Character, and Religion.

Languages and Acculturation.


Cultural Competencies and Communities.

3. Contemporary Social Issues Affecting Children and Adolescents in Family Systems.

Families as Social Systems.

Family Composition and Structure.

Family Types.




Group Work.


4. The Process of Helping Children and Adolescents.

Enhancement Services.

Therapy and Treatment Services.

The Case of Tommy.

The Case of Sylvia.

A General Approach for Helping Children and Adolescents.

The Beginning Phase.

Initial Sessions.

Building a Relationship.


Planning and Goal Setting.

The Middle Phase.

Ending Phase.

Preparation for Ending.

5. Assessing the Competencies and Difficulties of Children and Adolescents.

Problem Recognition and Referral Process.

The Perspective of the Practitioner.

The Diagnostic Practitioner Role.

Child Development: Norms and Lags.

Competencies and Difficulties of Children and Adolescents.

6. Theories, Strategies, and Techniques for Practice.

Cognitive Therapy.

Crisis Intervention.

Task-Centered Social Work.

Exploring the Problem.

Contracting and Planning.

Implementing the Tasks.

Reviewing Process.

Behavior Therapy.

Person-Centered Therapy.

Principles and Practices in Client-Centered Play Therapy.

Communication Theory.


Assumptions and Thinking Underlying the Approach.


Existential Social Work.

Components of Change.

Role Theory.

Using Multiple Bodies of Theory.

7. Using Agency and Organizational Systems.

Social Systems.

Contexts of Practice.


Interorganizational Environment.


Conflict and Crisis.

Organizational Structure.


Accountability and Expectations.

Scope of Direct and Indirect Services for Children.

Practice Settings.


8. Methods and Practices in School Systems.

Social Context to Schooling.

Mobility and Diversity.


Students with Disabilities.

Community Factors.

The Nature and Goals of Schools.

Academic Performance.


Types and Conditions of Schools.


School-Based Health Clinics.

School-Linked Services.

School Social Work Roles.

Future of School Social Work.

9. Methods and Practices in Mental Health Agencies.

Promoting the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents.

Prevention of Developmental Psychopathology.

Emotional Problems of Children and Adolescents.

Types of Mental Disorders.

Mental Health Services.

10. Methods and Practices in Child Welfare Agencies.

Risk Assessments.


Working with Involuntary Clients.

Attachment Theory.

Separation, Loss, and Mourning.

The Case of Nancy.

Issues in Adoptions.


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