Theories for Direct Social Work Practice (SW 390N 2-Theories of Social Work Practice)

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Walsh's concise, comprehensive text covers eleven major clinical practice theories that social workers commonly use in their assessment, planning, and intervention tasks with individuals, families, and groups. The book offers you a broad view of the field of practice, while still providing a close-up view of each theory discussed.

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  • All chapters offer updated "evidence of effectiveness."

  • Walsh has increased the text's critical review of postmodernism and social constructivism.

  • This edition includes new sections on such important topics as social justice, suicide assessment and intervention, trauma, and de-briefing.

  • New and updated references to important literature appear throughout the text.

Additional Features

  • Each chapter follows a format that makes comparing theories and applications easier for the user.

  • Not only does the text introduce users to the origins, conceptual foundations, intervention goals, intervention strategies, and case illustrations of each theory, it also takes into consideration important topics such as the client's spirituality, criticisms of the theory, and evidence of effectiveness and utility.

  • To facilitate individual and group learning, each chapter includes questions for discussion and class activities.


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Joseph Walsh received his MSW and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He is Associate Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches courses in generalist practice, clinical practice, research, and mental and emotional disorders. He has been a direct services practitioner in the field of mental health since 1974, first in a psychiatric hospital and later in community mental health center settings. Joe has provided services to older adult and general outpatient populations, but he specializes in services to people with serious mental illness and their families. He is the author of two other Brooks/Cole texts, CLINICAL CASE MANAGEMENT WITH PERSONS HAVING MENTAL ILLNESS and THEORIES FOR DIRECT SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.

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