Theory & Practice in Clinical Social Work
- Jerrold R. Brandell - Wayne State University, USA
Following an overview of the principal frameworks for clinical practice, including systems theory, behavioral and cognitive theories, psychoanalytic theory, and neurobiological theory, the book goes on to present the major social crises, problems, and new populations the social work clinician confronts each day.
Theory and Practice in Clinical Social Work includes 29 original chapters, many with carefully crafted and detailed clinical illustrations, by leading social work scholars and master clinicians who represent the widest variety of clinical orientations and specializations.
Collectively, these leading authors have treated nearly every conceivable clinical population, in virtually every practice context, using a full array of treatment approaches and modalities. Included in this volume are chapters on practice with adults and children, clinical social work with adolescents, family therapy, and children's treatment groups; other chapters focus on social work with communities affected by disasters and terrorism, clinical case management, cross-cultural clinical practice, psychopharmacology, practice with older adults, and mourning and loss.
The extraordinary breadth of coverage will make this book an essential source of information for students in advanced practice courses and practicing social workers alike.
I fundamentally disagree (and believe Skinner would too) that behavioral theory includes "thoughts and cognitions, feeings, and dreams." (p. 23). As its name states, behavior equals behavior, period. Cognitive behavioral theory addresses thoughts and cognition, feelikngs, and dreams. As a profession we need to be careful of fuzzy thinking.
Quality comprehensive textbook of subject area.
Informative, simplified and section on specific treatment modalities is very helpful for specific populations.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 6 - Clinical Social Work With Adolescents