The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work: A Social Constructionist Perspective / Edition 3

The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work: A Social Constructionist Perspective / Edition 3

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0231132840
ISBN-13:
9780231132848
Pub. Date:
09/11/2006
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
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Overview

The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work: A Social Constructionist Perspective / Edition 3

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231132848
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/11/2006
Edition description: third edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Part I. Infrastructure
1. The Frame of Reference for Social Work Practice
2. The Philosophical Base for Structural Social Work Practice
3. Ethics and Strucutral Social Work Practice
Part II. Principles and Processes
5. Intervention Principles and Procedures: A Process Model
Part III. Roles
6. The Conferee
7. The Broker
8. The Mediator
9. The Advocate
10. The Therapist
11. The Case Manager
12. The Group Worker
13. The Community Organizer
Part IV. Context
14. Learning the Organization
15. Working in the Organization
16. A Paradigm Dilemma
References
Index

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