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Generalist Social Work Practice

Generalist Social Work Practice

July 2019 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Generalist Social Work Practice provides students with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to serve clients across micro, mezzo and macro areas of practice. Author Janice Gasker brings a focus on self-reflection as the first stage in the planned change process and writes with the perspective that we consider work at all levels of practice simultaneously rather than in isolation. In accordance with the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set forth by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), the planned change process is presented as dynamic and interactive, providing students with a clear understanding of how each stage of the planned change process can be utilized at any point when serving a client system. The text spotlights the distinctive characteristics of the worker—their values, attitudes, and experiences—that may influence client interaction. The text also includes case studies, collaborative learning exercises, and critical thinking questions to help students apply concepts to practice.

About the Author
Chapter 1. Introduction to Generalist Social Work
Section 1.1: The Uniqueness of the Social Work Profession

Section 1.2: Generalist Social Work Practice

Section 1.3: Characteristics of Generalist Social Work Practice

Section 1.4: Historical Development of Social Work

Section 1.5: Social Work Competencies

Section 1.6: Review and Apply

Chapter 2. Multisystem Practice
Section 2.1: Theory in Social Work

Section 2.2: The Planned Change Process

Section 2.3: Phases of Social Process

Section 2.4: Diversity

Section 2.5: Review and Apply

Chapter 3. Values, Ethics, and Diversity
Section 3.1: Why a Focus on the Worker?

Section 3.2: How Do We Develop a Professional Use of Self?

Section 3.3: Aspects of Diversity

Section 3.4: The Code of Ethics

Section 3.5: What Is an Ethical Dilemma?

Section 3.6: Review and Apply

Chapter 4. Self-Reflection
Section 4.1: Self-Reflection

Section 4.2: Developing Cultural Humility

Section 4.3: The Method of Self-Reflection

Section 4.4: Developing Empathy

Section 4.5: Supervision

Section 4.6: Barriers to Supervision

Section 4.7: Self-Care

Section 4.8: Review and Apply

Chapter 5. Engagement
Section 5.1: Engagement

Section 5.2: The Relationship

Section 5.3: Process Awareness

Section 5.4: The Opening Statement

Section 5.5: Vulnerability in Engagement

Section 5.6: Review and Apply

Chapter 6. Assessment
Section 6.1: Assessment and Multisystem Practice

Section 6.2: Evidence-Based Practice

Section 6.3: The Practice of Multisystem Practice

Section 6.4: First Steps in Assessment

Section 6.5: Multisystem Assessment in Practice

Section 6.6: The Genogram

Section 6.7: Ecomaps

Section 6.8: Review and Apply

Chapter 7. Planning
Section 7.1: Assessment and Multisystem Practice

Section 7.2: Smith Family Genogram

Section 7.3: Smith Family Ecomap

Section 7.4: Establishing Goals

Section 7.5: Developing Goals

Section 7.6: Planning Process Example

Section 7.7: Review and Apply

Chapter 8. Implementation
Section 8.1: Implementation

Section 8.2: The Middle Stage of Social Process

Section 8.3: Implementation Interviews

Section 8.4: Implementation Methods

Section 8.5: Review and Apply

Chapter 9. Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up
Section 9.1: Evaluation in Planned Change

Section 9.2: Three Types of Evaluation

Section 9.3: Goal Attainment

Section 9.4: Termination

Section 9.5: Follow-Up

Section 9.6: Review and Apply

Chapter 10. Roles and Skills in Work With Individuals
Section 10.1: Generalist Social Work With Individuals

Section 10.2: The Social Work Role of Educator

Section 10.3: The Social Work Role of Counselor

Section 10.4: The Social Work Role of Supporter

Section 10.5: The Social Work Role of Advocate

Section 10.6: The Social Work Role of Learner

Section 10.7: Review and Apply

Chapter 11. Roles and Skills in Work With Families
Section 11.1: The Family-in-Environment Perspective

Section 11.2: Interactions Within Families

Section 11.3: The Social Work Role of Mediator

Section 11.4: The Social Work Role of Family Facilitator

Section 11.5: Financial Capacity Building With Families

Section 11.6: Crisis Intervention With Families

Section 11.7: Review and Apply

Chapter 12. Roles and Skills in Work With Groups
Section 12.1: Social Work With Groups

Section 12.2: Different Types of Groups

Section 12.3: Individual Roles in Groups

Section 12.4: Group Process

Section 12.5: The Social Work Role of Mediator

Section 12.6: The Social Work Role of Group Facilitator

Section 12.7: Review and Apply

Chapter 13. Roles and Skills in Work With Organizations
Section 13.1: The Nature of Organizations

Section 13.2: Aspects of Organizations

Section 13.3: Planned Change in Organizations

Section 13.4: The Social Work Role of Organizational Change Agent

Section 13.5: The Social Work Role of Supervisor

Section 13.6: Review and Apply

Chapter 14. Roles and Skills in Work With Communities
Section 14.1: Social Work in Communities

Section 14.2: Planned Change in Communities

Section 14.3: The Social Work Role of Community Change Agent

Section 14.4: The Social Work Role of Advocate

Section 14.5: Review and Apply

Chapter 15. Case Management, Technology, and Documentation
Section 15.1: Ethics in Case Management

Section 15.2: The Social Work Role of Case Manager

Section 15.3: The Social Work Role of Broker

Section 15.4: Interdisciplinary Practice

Section 15.5: Ethical Use of Technology in Social Work

Section 15.6: Ethical Documentation

Section 15.7: Review and Apply



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“This text is a holistic teaching tool for the generalist social worker. I believe it will help engage students at every level plus offer case studies and materials for intense discussions. I also think the students can use it as handbook in the future.” 

Octavia Edinburg
Dillard University

“This text is very comprehensive and encouraging, and will motivate students to understand difficult concepts. The layout of the chapters, the emphasis on critical thinking, and the collaborative learning exercises are very useful for students and teachers.”  

Veronika Ospina-Kammerer
Saint Leo University

“A great introductory book for students who are new to the profession of social work. The book is written in a way that encourages students to read and practice the concepts. Although this is meant to be a practice book, there are topics that can be used to review and reinforce the entire social work education curriculum.”       

Renie Rondon Jackson
LIU Brooklyn

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