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This text takes a broad based approach to basic generalist practice methods that emphasize the common elements in working with individuals, families and groups. The goal of the book is to teach social work students how to enhance clients′ social functioning by helping them become more proficient in examining, understanding, and resolving clients′ social problems. The authors pay special attention to enhancing social justice by working with individuals and families who have been historically oppressed. This edition includes specific integrated coverage of the Council on Social Work Education′s (CSWE) latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).
Intended AudienceThis core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the introductory Direct Practice and Generalist Practice courses in BSW and MSW programs of social work.
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A social work practice book that incorporates many theoretical approaches, primarily ecological approaches, and emphasizes issues of social justice, which is now mandated in CSWE curriculum guidelines. Diversity is integrated through the social justice theme, including the consequences of experiencing oppression based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability. The book presents the most up-to-date theories and approaches to working with individuals, families, groups and organizations, with comprehensive chapters on assessment of families, groups, organizations and communities, and on changing families and groups. This edition includes coverage of empowerment theory, social conflict, and critical consciousness, and a chapter on social work with involuntary clients. For professionals working in the field of social work.About the Author:
Associate Professor Emeritus Brett Seabury has a primary interest in interpersonal practice and has practiced social work in mental health and child welfare settings, as well as in the U.S. Army. His current research and teaching interests are social work education, time-limited practice, using metaphors in social work practice, and indigenous (alternative) healing systems. His most current interests involve the use of information technology in the classroom, and the use of the Internet to deliver interactive video simulations designed to teach social work practice skills. Another area of research/scholarly interest is mental health. He retired in June 2009.
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