Developing Evidence-Based Generalist Practice Skills

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 7, 2013 - Social Science - 264 pages
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An essential overview of the core skills needed by every social work practitioner

Developing Evidence-Based Generalist Practice Skills features contributions from top scholars in social work practice, presenting essential information for the ethical and effective practice of social work. This clearly written guide provides step-by-step guidance for using evidence-based practice to make joint decisions with clients about assessment and treatment options through a careful consideration of the best available research evidence, the client's preferences and values, professional ethical standards, and other key issues.

Comprehensive and straightforward, this book addresses foundational practice skills expected of all social work practitioners, including:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Interviewing skills
  • Problem identification, contracting, and case planning
  • Case management
  • Advocacy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Practice evaluation
  • Termination, stabilization, and continuity of care

Each chapter begins with an overarching question and "what if" scenarios, and ends with a set of suggested key terms, online resources, and discussion questions. Designed as a foundation-level social work education text for undergraduate and graduate students in social work programs, this book meets the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) for a thorough and up-to-date presentation of core social work skills featuring in-depth scholarship.


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TraumaInformed Practice
Interviewing Skills
Online Resources
EvidenceBased Principles in Problem Identification
Developing the Service orCase
RecordKeepingand the ProblemOriented Record
Conclusion Key Terms
Multimodal Strategies and Approaches
Practice Evaluation
Limitations of ThisApproach
Termination Stabilization and Continuity
Key Terms
Subject Index

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BRUCE A. THYER, PhD, LCSW, is Professor and former dean of the College of Social Work at Florida State University. He is the founding and current editor of the bimonthly journal Research on Social Work Practice.

CATHERINE N. DULMUS, PhD, LCSW, is Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Buffalo Center for Social Research in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and Research Director at Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, New York.

KAREN M. SOWERS, PhD, is Dean and Beaman Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include juvenile justice, sexuality, social work education, child welfare, evidence-based practice, and international social work practice.

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