The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, Groups, and Communities

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9781111521264: The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, Groups, and Communities

Shulman's text introduces a model for the helping process based on an "interactional" approach, which uses several theories and skills to build on the client-helper relationship. By presenting the core processes and skills in the chapters on work with individuals, Shulman shows how common elements exist across stages of helping and across different populations. These processes and skills reappear in the discussions of group, family, and community work.

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Lawrence Shulman is a professor, as well as a former dean, in the School of Social Work at the State University of New York, Buffalo campus. A social work practitioner educator for more than 40 years, he has done extensive research on the core helping skills in social work practice, supervision, and child welfare and school violence. Dr. Shulman has published numerous articles and monographs on direct practice and is the author or coeditor of nine books. He also was the coeditor of the JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SUPERVISION and serves on five other editorial boards. In addition, Dr. Shulman is the cofounder and cochair of the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Haworth Press. Recognized for his dedication to excellence in scholarship and research, pedagogy and curriculum development, and organizational leadership, Dr. Shulman is a recipient of the 2014 Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award, awarded by the Council of Social Work Education.


1. An Interactional Approach to Helping. 2. Oppression Psychology, Resilience and Social Work Practice. 3. The Preliminary Phase of Work. 4. Beginnings and the Contracting Skills. 5. Skills in the Work Phase. 6. Endings and Transitions. 7. The Preliminary and Beginning Phases in Family Practice. 8. The Middle and Ending Phases in Family Practice. 9. Variations in Family Practice. 10. The Preliminary Phase in Group Practice. 11. The Beginning Phase with Groups. 12. The Middle Phase of Group Work. 13. Working with the Individual and the Group. 14. Endings and Transitions with Groups. 15. Professional Impact and Helping Clients Negotiate the System. 16. Social Work Practice in the Community - Philosophy, Models, Pinciples, and Practice. 17. Evidence-based Practice and Additional Social Work Practice Models

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