Gerontological Supervision: A Social Work Perspective in Case Management and Direct Care

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The growing population of aging Americans is bringing with it thousands of new workers into agencies serving the elderly each year. Now, the need for supervisors to administer and train staff in programs for older persons is increasing as well. This is a practical, "how-to" guide for the supervision of case managers, personal care providers, and interns working in community services and long-term care of ill or disabled older persons. This updated edition expands its focus by offering the latest, up-to-date ideas and proven "practice wisdom" for handling many of the field’s most common problems.

Filled with direct and composite case examples, this useful guide looks at concerns central to the changing field of practice. Part one gives an overview of the social work perspective. Parts two and three consider practice and administrative issues. Supervision of interns is covered in part four, and part five expands the scope of original edition by discussing the similarities and differences between home care and long-term care settings. Chapters include coverage of:

    • dual emphasis on person and environment
    • treatment with dignity and respect
    • stages of helping, learning, and teaching
    • negotiating the balance between dependence and independence
    • styles of learning and teaching
    • tuning in and anticipatory empathy
    • assessment, case planning, on-going work, and termination
    • empowerment, mediation, and advocacy
    • the supervisor as "middle management"
    • staff development
    • the supervisory conference and recording requirements
    • evaluation in group supervision
    • home care
    • residential care

Gerontological Supervision is an invaluable resource for supervisors with or without MSWs and RNs, as well as case managers, personal care providers, interns, and educators and students in social work.

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Ann Burack-Weiss, DSW, is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker in New York State. She is a founding Partner and Co-Director of SBW Partners, a firm that offers consultation, supervision, and training in the field of aging. Dr. Burack-Weiss is the author of The Caregiver's Tale: Loss and Renewal in Memoirs of Family Life and numerous chapter and journal articles as well as co-author of Social Work Practice with the Frail Elderly and Their Families; First Encounters Between Elders and Agencies: A Practice Guide; and the first edition of Gerontological Social Work Supervision (Haworth). Her three decades of gerontological experience include practice, supervisory, and administrative positions.

Frances Coyle Brennan, MSSW, is the Director of Social Services at the Mary Manning Walsh Home in New York City a licensed clinical social worker in New York State. A former Adjunct Lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work, she is currently associated with Fordham University. Dr. Brennan has over three decades of experience with the elderly in community and institutional settings, including supervisory and administrative positions at the Jewish Home and Hospital. She has co-authored First Encounters Between Elders and Agencies: A Practice Guide; and the first edition of Gerontological Social Work Supervision (Haworth) and written and presented extensively on issues in aging.

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‘Ann Burack-Weiss and Frances Coyle Brennan provide a practical ‘‘how-to’’ guide for social work supervisors, which uses a person-in-environment approach to illustrate strategies for working with direct care social workers as they develop and implement intervention plans...This book’s second edition is a practical resource for social workers who supervise case managers, direct care workers, and interns who work with older adults.’The Gerontologist

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