Techniques and Guidelines for Social Work Practice (7th Edition)

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/*0205446175, Sheafor, Techniques and Guidelines for Social Work Practice, 7e*/The latest edition of this classic book continues to provide students and practitioners of social work with a one-of-a-kind resource designed to emphasize the different techniques needed for successful practice.Carefully updated to provide social workers with easy access to the most current information on professional techniques and guidelines and organized to support a generalist practice perspective, Techniques and Guidelines for Social Work Practice 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 and a staple of professional social work libraries. In a classroom, it is ideal for use in advanced practice, capstone, and field work courses. Parts I and II summarize the essential foundation elements of social work practice, while Parts III through V set out 157 clearly described techniques and guidelines that can be used by students and new practitioners.The latest edition includes many changes that make it just as essential as previous editions. Techniques deleted from prior editions due to space restrictions are now available at www.ablongman.com/sheafor7e. 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. Following the lessons of 9/11, new content is included to prepare social workers to deal a client or community emergency. Information is included 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, are included in this edition, along with new guidelines for assessing small group functioning as a means of strengthening subsequent intervention activities with groups. Chapter 14 now includes a straight-forward description of techniques for conducting empirical direct practice evaluation with current illustrations based on students' applications of the most commonly used evaluation tools.

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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 used evaluation 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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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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