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This one-of-a-kind resource for students and practitioners is designed to emphasize the different techniques needed for successful practice.

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, 7/e 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.

Highlights of the New Edition

  • Following the lessons of 9/11, new content is included to prepare social workers to cope with client or community emergency.
  • New information on family group conferencing, a new approach based on the principles of restorative justice about which social workers should be knowledgeable.
  • New guidelines for using mentoring relationships, in which senior practitioners without direct administrative responsibilities support and nurture developing social workers.
  • New guidelines for assessing small group functioning as a means of strengthening subsequent intervention activities with groups.
  • Chapter 14 now includes a straightforward description of techniques for conducting empirical direct practice evaluation with current illustrations based on students’ applications of the most commonly usedevaluation tools.
  • New techniques include guidelines for assessing small group functioning, family group conferencing, and building mentoring relationships, as well as addressing client concerns related to spirituality and religion and serving the client or community experiencing an emergency or disaster.

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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: 9780205295555
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/14/1999
  • Series: Stereotypical World of Sociology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 628
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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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