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Solution-Based Casework: An Introduction to Clinical and Case Management Skills in Casework Practice / Edition 1
     

Solution-Based Casework: An Introduction to Clinical and Case Management Skills in Casework Practice / Edition 1

by William C. Barrett, Jeffrey Todahl, Dana Christensen, Jeffery Todahl
 

ISBN-10: 0202361187

ISBN-13: 9780202361185

Pub. Date: 12/31/1999

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Solution-based casework is an approach to assessment, case planning, and case management that combines what we know from clinical social work with what we value about sound social work practice. It is grounded in family-centered social work and draws from clinical approaches within social work and mental health. By integrating problem- and solution-focused

Overview

Solution-based casework is an approach to assessment, case planning, and case management that combines what we know from clinical social work with what we value about sound social work practice. It is grounded in family-centered social work and draws from clinical approaches within social work and mental health. By integrating problem- and solution-focused approaches that form the clinical and social work traditions, treatment partnerships are more easily formed between family, caseworker, and service provider.

Solution-Based Casework is a skill-based, practice-oriented text that provides the specific guidance that students and new practitioners need in order to make sense quickly of the complex tasks of assessment and case planning in child welfare. The book flows out of a long practice experience, and was developed in consultation with workers and supervisors who were attempting to remedy problems viewed as contributing to recurrent abuse and neglect. It seeks to end adversarial relationships in casework and advocates case plans based on specific outcome skills rather than on those written with vague outcome goals measuring attendance in counseling. It serves as a common conceptual framework for integrating disparate segments of a response network, thereby allowing all providers in a therapeutic system to work toward common goals.

The text is divided into three sections. In Section I the conceptual history and theoretical foundations of solution-based casework are presented so that the reader can place this approach to casework within the ongoing professional conversation about what constitutes sound practice. Section II addresses issues of assessment and case planning. Section III focuses on case management issues and how treatment team members experience a solution-based casework approach.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202361185
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/1999
Series:
Modern Applications of Social Work Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxi
I.Historical Context
1The Foundations of Solution-Based Casework3
Family-Centered Practice3
Ecological Perspective4
Competence-Centered Perspective7
Family Life Cycle Theory9
Postmodern Family Casework11
Solution-Focused Family Therapy13
Relapse Prevention Theory15
Integrating Solution-Focused and Problem-Centered Models17
2Searching for Solutions in the Postmodern World21
The Evolution of Casework Practice22
Current Challenges to Casework25
Rising Pressure from the Welfare to Work Movement28
Emerging Responses to the Crisis in Casework29
II.Assessment
3Anchoring Casework in Everyday Life Events37
"Sorting Things Out" Together37
Partnership Changes the Meaning of Assessment38
Keeping Ourselves Focused on Everyday Life38
Routines Are at the Heart of Family Life39
The Problem with Solutions40
Overview of Family Development41
Beginning Couple42
Infant Preschool Family43
School-Age Family44
Adolescent Family45
Launching Family46
Postparental Family47
Divorce and Remarriage47
Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse of Family Life48
Everyday Life and Patterns of Discouragement49
4Recognizing Patterns51
Assessing Patterns in Everyday Life51
Creating a Partnership to Find Solutions52
Techniques for Building Partnerships53
Recognizing Dominant Patterns in Everyday Life56
Helping the Family Describe the Problem in Everyday Life Terms57
Decision-Making in Assessment62
5Assessing Problem Detail65
Relapse Prevention Requires Specific Skills65
What Skills Should Be Targeted for Outcome?65
Steps to Promoting Prevention Skills68
Step 1Recognizing Patterns in High-Risk Situations68
Step 2Learning the Details of High-Risk Patterns69
Step 3Practicing Small Steps toward Change73
Step 4Creating a Plan That Stays Focused on Solutions76
Reinforcing Client Progress During Assessment79
Summary80
6Building a Consensus for a Prevention Plan83
Co-Constructing Measurable Goals with Your Clients83
Searching for Solutions83
Strategies That Work in Gaining Goal Consensus86
Helping Clients Establish an Initial Safety Plan94
Thinking Long-Term While Taking Short-Term Steps95
What Goes into a Good Initial Safety Plan?96
Considerations on Implementing a Safety Plan96
Summary of the Role of Assessment in Case Planning97
Appendix99
III.Management Issues
7The Process of Writing Objectives and Tasks105
The Advantages of Being Specific and Measurable105
When Case Plans Become Court Documents107
Writing a Case Plan That Is Focused on Solutions108
Uniting Around a Family Goal109
Breaking Down the Goal into Family Objectives109
Going from Family-Level Objectives to Individual-Level Objectives110
The Primacy of Risk-Related Objectives112
Breaking Down Objectives into Manageable Tasks112
Writing Action Plans to Prevent Relapse118
8Solution-Based Case Management125
The Challenge of Staying the Course125
A Reminder about Targeting Outcome Skills126
Challenge 1Making the Transition from Intake to Ongoing127
Challenge 2Making the Transition from Casework to Treatment132
Challenge 3Integrating Welfare to Work Objectives136
Challenge 4Making the Most of Setbacks136
Supervisor's Role in Case Management140
Taking the Time to Supervise141
Maintaining a Partnership142
Maintaining a Focus on Specific Situations in Family Life143
Summary146
9Treatment Providers' Role in Case Management149
Introduction149
Gathering Basic Information about the Referral152
What Happened?152
What Is the Safety Plan?153
How Has the Problem Been Defined with the Family?154
Sample Dialogue at the Time of Referral155
Offering Services to Mirror Family Developmental Needs159
Overview of Steps to Prevention163
Helping Clients Learn the Details of Their Patterns164
Helping Clients Practice Small Steps of Change166
Helping Clients Develop Relapse Prevention Plans168
Summary of Solution-Based Interviewing Techniques169
Strategies for Collaboration170
10Solution-Based Interviewing Techniques175
Techniques That Build a Consensus about the Problem176
Normalizing177
Externalizing the Problem178
Searching for Exceptions to the Pattern179
Tracking the Problem Pattern180
Techniques for Creating Interest in Signs of Change184
Between Session Observation185
Old versus New T-Charts186
Scaling Questions187
Time-Oriented Questions189
Anchoring Change in the New Self191
Expanding the Audience for Change192
Reinforcing Progress through Credentialing194
Celebrating Rites of Passage195
Reference Reading Specifically for Technique197
11How Staff Experience Change199
Frustration and Old Models199
Advantages to Solution-Based Casework203
Challenges Inherent in Changing Habits207
Success Stories209
Implementing Solution-Based Casework: Training Considerations213
References219
Index225

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