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The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work: A Social Constructionist Perspective [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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

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Overview


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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231507820
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 3 MB

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xiIntroduction 1

Part 1 Infrastructure

1. The Frame of Reference for Social Work Practice 7Two Dimensions that Define the Profession 9Four Categories of Social Work Activity 10Research Value 12Beyond Research 12

2. The Philosophical Base for Structural Social Work Practice 14The Practice Context 14The Philosophical Stance 16Postmodernism 17Deconstruction 17Postmodern Perspectives on Power 18Social Constructionism 19The Structural View 21Specialization 22Movement Through the Quadrants 24Conclusion 25

3. Ethics and Strucutral Social Work PRactice 27Getting Grounded Defining Ethics 27The NASW Code of Ethics 29

Columbia University Press

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