Social Working: Exercises in Generalist Practice / Edition 2

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This book for social work practice courses provides problem-solving exercises in a workbook format. The generalist approach is emphasized through exercises at all practice levels including interpersonal, groups, organizations, communities, and policy practice. Reviewers of this revision were particularly impressed by the coverage of all levels of practice, including macro practice. The book presents a problem-solving approach, and a focus on the worker/client partnership that uses the strengths/empowerment/social justice perspective. Social Working provides easy-to-understand definitions and illustrative exercises on issues across the social work profession, so it can be used as an integration tool. Small exercises in each chapter help readers understand individual processes before they proceed to an entire problem-solving analysis. Some exercises can be completed on an individual basis; others encourage group or class participation. For social work professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205291311
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/29/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 8.11 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter includes “Exercises,” “Portfolio Building,” “Summary,” and “Notes.”



1.Problem Solving and Generalist Practice.

Purpose and Objectives.

The Guided Problem Solving Method: Demystifying the Jargon.

Problem Identification.

Guided Problem Solving.

2.Theoretical Perspectives for Generalist Practice.

The Strengths/Empowerment/Social Justice Perspective.

The Ecological/Systems Perspective.

3.The Internal Process of Problem Solving: Values and Ethics.

The Importance of Values.

Societal Values and Latent Functions.

Values Awareness.

Values Conflict in Social Work.

The Social Control Issue.

NASW's Code of Ethics and Empowerment Practice.

4.Levels of Generalist Practice.

Simultaneous Practice across Levels.

Problem Solving and Practice Levels.

Looking at the Levels.


5.Working with the Individual Client.

Relational Skills.

Cognitive Skills.

Social Diagnosis: The Art of Social Assessment.

6.Social Work with Small Groups.

What Is Small Group Practice?

Dynamics of the Treatment Group.

Phases of the Group.

Leadership Processes.

Dynamics of the Task Group.

Leadership in the Task Group.


7.Working in Organizations.

The Social Work Organization.

Organizational Structure, Processes, and Culture.

The Worker in the Organization.

The Power of Communication.

8.Mobilizing Resources: The Community.

Community Practice.

What Is Community?

Needs Assessment.

Fund Raising.

Mobilizing Community Resources.

Grass Roots Organizing.

9.Exercises in Social Policy.

Concepts and Definitions.

Identifying Problems for Policy Practice.

Identifying Policies for Policy Practice.

Policies and Politics.

Why Social Welfare Policy?

Policy as Practice.

Social Working Synthesis.


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