Foundations of Interpersonal Practice in Social Work: Promoting Competence in Generalist Practice

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Foundations of Interpersonal Practice in Social Work: Promoting Competence in Generalist Practice

Format:  Paperback,

591 pages

Publisher: Sage Pubns

Publish Date: Oct 2010

ISBN-13: 9781412966832

ISBN-10: 1412966833

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Interpersonal Practice in Social Work: Promoting Competence and Social Justice is a T1 for one of the most important course social work students take in any BSW and MSW program: Direct Practice. This course teaches the fundamental values, knowledge and actions that constitutes the practice of social work. It is the skills they learn in their various direct practice courses that become directly relevant to their work as social workers. This text offers basic generalist practice methods which emphasize the common elements in working with individuals, families and groups. The goal upon completion of this course is for students to become efficient in enhancing an individual's social functioning by helping them become more proficient in examining and resolving their problems. The authors break the book into distinct parts that first focus on laying a foundation of the profession of social work: ethics, values, and knowledge base. It then goes in to the sequence of events in the helping process by addressing the beginning, middle and ending stages of working with a client or family. The last group of chapters identitifies skills that are necessary when working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities and finally looks at the task of termination. A unique aspect for this book is that it pays special consideration to enhancing social justice by working with individuals and families who have been historically oppressed. Although content is interwoven throughout the book, there is a special chapter on enhancing social justice which is written by known experts in the area. The book takes a broad based approach and thus is highly relevant for courses typically called "Practice I" or Foundations of Practice, which are offered in BSW programs and first year MSW programs. The book will be thoroughly updated, including more content that will engage students, including: -Chapter opening vignettes -More excercises and role


Publisher: Sage Pubns
Publish Date: Oct 2010
ISBN-13: 9781412966832
ISBN-10: 1412966833
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 591
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.0
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Chapter outline

Interpersonal Practice in Social Work: Nature and Scope
Definition of Social Work
Interpersonal Practice
Use of Ecological Concepts
The Scope of Practice
The Bases of Interpersonal Practice
Basic Assumptions and Concepts
Underlying Assumptions
Basic Concepts: Client, Worker; Target, and Action Systems
Values, Ideology, and Ethics of Professional Social Work
The Ideology of the Social Work Profession
The Social Work Code of Ethics
Value Conflicts in Practice
Practice Cases With Ethical Issues
Interpersonal Practice Beyond Diversity and Toward Social Justice: The Importance of Critical Consciousness
What is Critical Consciousness?
Mayor Dimensions of Multiculturalism and Some Terminology
Key Social Group Categories and Related Terminology
How Do Multiple Identities Work?
Routes to Critical Consciousness and Multicultural Competence
The Application of Critical Consciousness to Practice
Violence and Trauma
Recognition of Violence and Trauma
Types of Trauma
Assessment of Trauma
Consequences of Trauma: Symptoms of Psychological and Emotional Injury
Treatment Options
Risk Screening Protocols
Engagement and Relationship
Definition of the Social Work Relationship
Power Dimensions in Professional Relationships
Stages of the Professional Relationship
Transactional Nature of the Professional Relationship
Why Is Relationship So Important?
Conscious Use of Self
Importance of Hope
The Initiation of Relationships
Relationships in Group Situations
Relationships in Family Situations
Becoming a Client
Definition of a Client
Overview of the Clienthood Process
Pathways to Clienthood
The Entry Process
The Worker's Tasks With Applicants
Tasks With Nonclients
Significant Others" in the Client's Life
Defining the Client in a Multiperson Client System
Agency Conditions and Definitions of Client
Continuance and Discontinuance
Orientation to the Client Role
The Initiation of Problem Solving
The Preliminary Contract
Components of a Social Work Contract
Characteristics of a Social Work Contract
Value of the Contract Approach
Limits of Contracting
Contracting With Families and Groups
Monitoring and Evaluating Change
Side Effects
Assessing Individuals
Purposes of Assessments
Issues in Use of Sources
Individual Assessment Framework
Stress Assessment
Crisis Assessment
Assessment as a "Label
PIE - The Person-in-Environment System
Individual Change
The Context of Interpersonal Change
Interventive Roles
Overcoming Barriers
Crisis Intervention
Role Solutions
Assessing Families
What Is a Family?
Measurement of System Variables
Family Assessment
The Process of Family Assessment
Obtaining Family Assessment Data
Categorizing Family Circumstances
Ways of Portraying Family Conditions
Family Change
Occasions for Family Interventions
Prior to the First Family Session
The Initial Sessions
The Family Change Stage
Phase of the Family Life Cycle
Assessing Groups
Types of Groups
Therapeutic/Effectiveness Variables
Group Development
Assessing Group Dynamics
Group Change
Working With Elders in a Support Group
First Group Session
Second Group Session
The First Session of a Closed Group
Leadership Interventions
Interpersonal Conflict in Groups
Assessing Organizations and Communities
Organizational Assessment
Community Assessment
Change in Organizations and Communities
Ethics of Organizational and Community Change
Theories of Organizational Change
Community Change
The Tasks of Termination
Termination Issues in Group Work
Termination Issues With Families
Worker Termination
Problematic Terminations
About the Authors

Book description

This text takes a broad based approach to basic generalist practice methods that emphasize the common elements in working with individuals, families and groups. The goal of the book is to teach social work students how to enhance clients†social functioning by helping them become more proficient in examining, understanding, and resolving clients†social problems. The authors pay special attention to enhancing social justice by working with individuals and families who have been historically oppressed. This edition includes specific integrated coverage of the Council on Social Work Educationâ€s (CSWE) latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).

Intended Audience

This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the introductory Direct Practice and Generalist Practice courses in BSW and MSW programs of social work.

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