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The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work: A Social Constructionist Perspective
     

The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work: A Social Constructionist Perspective

by Gale Goldberg Wood, Carol T. Tully
 

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This classic text introduces students to the structural approach of social work practice, which assumes that many clients' problems arise from harmful social forces. By focusing on the construction of such realities as poverty, racism, and domestic violence, the structural approach counters the focus on individual change that is so common in our age of managed care

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This classic text introduces students to the structural approach of social work practice, which assumes that many clients' problems arise from harmful social forces. By focusing on the construction of such realities as poverty, racism, and domestic violence, the structural approach counters the focus on individual change that is so common in our age of managed care and corporatization.

For this edition Gale Goldberg Wood and Carol T. Tully have recast the text from the perspective of contemporary social constructionism without altering its main message and organization. They have added six new chapters, covering ethics, the role of the social worker as therapist and community organizer, learning and working within the organization, and the paradigm dilemma. In addition, case studies now include greater detail about the client's social context.

Though much has changed since the first edition of this book was published, the need for well-trained, compassionate social workers remains. The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work continues to be an essential resource for practitioners who wish to help their clients confront oppressive social realities and affect system change through political action.

Editorial Reviews

Richard L. Edwards
This is a refreshing book. It provides an excellent comprehensive framework for social work practice that has its roots in the profession's historical emphasis between person and society. It will make an excellent text for direct practice courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231507820
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/25/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
File size:
3 MB

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Susan Roche
In each of its editions, The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work has made an original contribution. Gale Goldberg Wood and Carol T. Tully use several key concepts to explain the structural approach—principles, processes, roles, tasks, and skills—and present a clear conceptual framework. The particular achievement of this edition is the chemistry between its structural change focus and its social constructionist ideas in a postmodern context. The text brilliantly combines values, theory, and concrete application.

Meet the Author

Gale Goldberg Wood is professor emerita of the Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, Kentucky, and, with Ruth R. Middleman, the coauthor of the second edition of The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work. She has written extensively on direct practice, the use of narratives, and empowerment.

Carol T. Tully is professor of social work at the Kent School of Social Work. She has published widely on feminist social work, ethics, and social services, and is the author of Lesbians, Gays, and the Empowerment Perspective.

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