Interpersonal Practice in Social Work: Promoting Competence and Social Justice

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Allyn and Bacon, 1997 - Social Science - 467 pages
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A social work practice text 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 text presents the most up-to-date theories and approaches to working with individuals, families, groups and organizations, with comprehensive chapters on assessment of families (Ch. 9), groups (Ch. 10), organizations and communities (Ch. 11), and on changing families (Ch. 14) and groups (Ch. 15). This edition includes coverage of empowerment theory, social conflict, and critical consciousness, and a chapter on social work with involuntary clients (Ch. 5). An Instructor's Manual provides instructors with invaluable assistance in teaching the course.

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Engagement and Relationship
Social Work Practice with Involuntary Clients

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About the author (1997)

Charles D. Garvin, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the School of Social Work of the University of Michigan. He is the author or coauthor of Contemporary Group Work, Interpersonal Practice in Social Work, Social Work in Contemporary Society, and Generalist Practice: A Task-Centered Approach, and the coeditor of The Handbook of Social Work Direct Practice and Integrating Knowledge and Practice: The Case of Social Work and Social Science, among other works. His current research focuses on the use of group work to reduce tensions among ethnic groups and to enhance the functioning of people suffering from severe mental illness.
Lorraine M. Gutierrez, PhD, is Professor at the School of Social Work and the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her teaching and research focus on multicultural and community organization practice. Dr. Gutierrez's current projects include identifying methods for multicultural community-based research and practice, defining multicultural education for social work practice, and identifying effective methods for learning about social justice.
Maeda J. Galinsky, PhD, is Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has taught social group practice at the School of Social Work for about 40 years. Dr. Galinsky is co-principal investigator of the Making Choices Project, a program aimed at the prevention of violence in elementary school children. She is currently a board member of the International Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups.

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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