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Carefully updated to provide easy access to the most current information on social work techniques and guidelines and organized to support a generalist practice perspective, Techniques and Guidelines for Social Work Practice, Seventh Edition, illustrates multiple ways in which both direct and indirect intervention activities are a part of the social worker's repertoire. Touching upon everything from cultural competence to macro practice, the content of this text is so widely applicable it is an invaluable aid in making the transition to a professional career in social work. It is ideal for use in advanced practice, capstone, and field work courses.
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Editorial Reviews

New edition of a text about what social workers actually do when helping their clients solve problems and/or enhance functioning. Emphasizing techniques and specific guidelines rather than practice theories and conceptual frameworks, 15 chapters discuss social work and the social worker, the building blocks of social work practice, common techniques, and techniques and guidelines for phases of the planned change process. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205446179
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/10/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Sheafor is Professor of Social Work at Colorado State University where has taught a wide variety of courses in both the BSW and MSW programs. He has also served in administrative positions including Director of the social work program, Associate Dean for Research and Interim Dean of the umbrella college that includes social work, Associate Director of the Human Factors Research Laboratory, and Co-Director of the Family and Youth Institute.

Dr. Sheafor has served as a juvenile probation officer, director of a community planning council, and as president of his local United Way. He has been a member of the Exam Committee for the Association of Social Work Boards (licensing), part of the workgroup creating NASW’s Center for Workforce Studies, and a founding member of the Baccalaureate Program Directors Association. With the Council on Social Work Education he has been President, Senior Scholar, and recipient of CSWE’s Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award. He has also been a Fulbright Lecturer to New Zealand and a Visiting Fellow in Australia.

Dr. Sheafor is co-author of 23 books listed with the Library of Congress. In addition to Techniques for Social Work Practice (8 editions with Charles Horejsi), he has co-authored 12 editions of Social Work: A Profession of Many Faces (with Armando Morales and Malcolm Scott), a history of the development of baccalaureate social work in the United States (with Barbara Shank), a book on field instruction (edited with Lowell Jenkins), and book reporting a comprehensive task analysis of social work practice (with Robert Teare).

Charles Horejsi is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Montana having served that university for a number of years as a faculty member teaching primarily child welfare and social work practice courses, as well as being involved with the School of Social Work’s field instruction program.

A licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Horejsi had practice experience in marriage and family counseling, child welfare, and juvenile probation. He conducted agency staff training in more than a dozen states and received the Montana NASW’s “Social Worker of the Year” award recognizing his many contributions to strengthening the quality of social work in that state.

Dr. Horejsi’s research has focused on risk assessment in child protection, issues of worker safety on the job, and on methods of assessment and case planning in child welfare agencies. In addition to numerous monographs and more than 30 professional articles, Dr. Horejsi has authored or co-authored 13 books listed with the Library of Congress. These publications include: Family Foster Care: A Handbook for Social Workers, Social Work Practice with Parents of Children in Foster Care: A Handbook (with Anne Vandeberg Bertsche and Frank Clark), three editions of The Social Work Practicum: A Guide and Workbook for Students (with Cynthia Garthwait), and eight editions of Techniques and Guidelines for Social Work Practice (with Bradford Sheafor).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The domain of the social work profession 3
Ch. 2 Merging person with profession 17
Ch. 3 Merging the person's art with the profession's science 37
Ch. 4 The roles and functions performed by social workers 55
Ch. 5 Guiding principles for social workers 68
Ch. 6 Practice frameworks for social work 82
Ch. 7 Facilitating change through decision making 119
Ch. 8 Basic communication and helping skills 134
Ch. 9 Basic skills for agency practice 181
Ch. 10 Intake and engagement 203
Ch. 11 Data collection and assessment 246
Ch. 12 Planning and contracting 336
Ch. 13 Intervention and monitoring 381
Ch. 14 Evaluation and termination 469
Ch. 15 Guidelines for working with vulnerable client groups 512
Ch. 16 Techniques for sustaining social work practice 581
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