Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare: More Than Just Common Sense

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Jane Maidment, Ronnie Egan
Allen & Unwin, 2004 - Social Science - 318 pages
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Designed to interest social workers as well as students and professors of social work, this critical examination provides insight into key components of social work such as engagement, assesment, intervention, and evaluation. Drawing on a strengths approach, it stresses the skills needed for working with individual clients, families, and community groups. The work also explores the dilemmas faced in daily practice, including involuntary clients, adapting to different social contexts, and crisis situations. Featured are review exercises, case studies, and practical examples of how social welfare services can be delivered in a wide range of contexts.

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Skillbased learning
Practice Approaches
practice across the micromacro continuum
Preparing for Practice
Part n Phases of the Helping Relationship
Ronnie Egan
Crosscultural Perspectives in Mental Health
Introduction to Intervention
Facilitating Change through Groupwork
Using Constructive Challenge During Intervention
Introduction to Evaluation and Termination
Working with Clients on the Telephone
Closure with Clients
Part HI Conclusion

Introduction to Assessment
Conducting Risk Assessments
Assessment with Families

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Page 103 - At the very least, the strengths perspective obligates workers to understand that, however downtrodden or sick, individuals have survived (and in some cases even thrived). They have taken steps, summoned up resources, and coped We need to know what they have done, how they have done it, what they have learned from doing it, and what resources (inner and outer) were available in their struggle to surmount their troubles.
Page 98 - Such a crisis is provoked when a person faces an obstacle to important life goals that is, for a time, insurmountable through the utilization of customary methods of problem-solving.
Page 70 - ... strengths and resources in the service of assisting them to achieve their goals, realize their dreams, and shed the irons of their own inhibitions and misgivings, and society's domination.
Page 166 - Clinical social work practice is the professional application of social work theory and methods to the treatment and prevention of psychosocial dysfunction, disability, or impairment including emotional and mental disorders.
Page 42 - A resilience lens shifts perspective from viewing distressed families as damaged to seeing them as challenged, affirming their potential for repair and growth, This approach is based on the conviction that both individual and family strength can be forged through collaborative efforts to deal with sudden crisis or prolonged adversity. Resilience has become an important concept in child development and mental health theory and research...
Page 298 - Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 4th edition. American Psychiatric Association, Washington, DC Baldwin D, Thomas SC, Birtwhistle J (1997) Effects of antidepressant drugs on sexual function.
Page 26 - ... social work practice recognizes and respects the importance of difference and variety in people and the crucial role of culture in the helping relationship. Its primary group focus is on people of color—particularly African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans—who have suffered historical oppression and continue to endure subtle forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination. In working with an individual, family, group, and/or community, the practitioner draws...
Page 289 - ... he said to us Am the doubter. I am doubtful whether The work was well done that devoured your days. Whether what you said would still have value for anyone if it were less well said. Whether you said it well but perhaps Were not convinced of the truth of what you said. Whether it is not ambiguous; each possible misunderstanding Is your responsibility. Or it can be unambiguous And take the contradictions out of things; is it too unambiguous? If so, what you say is useless. Your thing has no life...
Page 63 - Tino rangatiratanga (relative autonomy/self-determination); 2 taonga tuku iho (cultural aspirations); 3 ako (reciprocal learning); 4 kia piki ake i nga raruraru o te Kainga (mediation of socio-economic and home difficulties); 5 whanau (extended family); 6 kaupapa (collective vision, philosophy). Here, the term 'metaphor...

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Jane Maidment has been a social work practitioner in mental health and has taught practice skills in Australia and New Zealand. She is Associate Professor in social work at Central Queensland University. Ronnie Egan has extensive experience as a social work practitioner and supervisor in the community sector. She currently lectures in social work at Victoria University, Melbourne.

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