Generalist Social Work Practice: Context, Story, and Partnerships

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Geography, values, diversity, and resources all impact the way social workers interact with clients. With this engaging new book, authors Locke, Garrison, and Winship successfully address these different perspectives and provide a well-rounded examination of generalist social work practice. Their strengths-oriented Phase Model--a four-phased approach to planned change--encourages the"telling of the story." The book's subtitle reveals its central themes: Context refers to place of practice; story symbolizes life's journey and its unfolding; and Partnerships represents the collaborative, mutual nature of generalist social work practice. Students will appreciate the authors' warm, straightforward style of communication and the sharing of personal experiences--all of which make this an enjoyable and effective book.

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Barry Locke is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the West Virginia University School of Social Work where he has taught for 23 years. He holds an MSW degree in Social Group Work from Virginia Commonwelath University and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from West Virginia University. He has served as director of both the BSW and MSW Programs. He teaches in the areas of social policy, rural community practice, and evaluation research. His practice and research interests include contextually grounded generalist practice, rural social work, poverty, and faculty issues in social work education. He is a certified Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation site team chair. He is past president of the National Rural Social Work Caucus, the West Virginia NASW Chapter, and the West Virginia Human Resources Human Resources Association. He was recognized as Social Worker of the Year by the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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"Rich in its logical presentation of historical foundations of social work practice, empowerment themes, case examples. . . multiple levels of intervention, and the importance of contexts in social work practice. I found it hard to put the book down."

". . . presents a fresh, innovative model of social work practice."

"I especially like the writing style and use of language. [The book is] so easy to read. There is such good use of language and labels that I think our graduates will remember tips until retirement!"

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