Handbook of Empirical Social Work Practice, Volume 2: Social Problems and Practice Issues

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John S. Wodarski, Bruce A. Thyer
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 29, 1998 - Political Science - 496 pages
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The last two decades in social work have seen tremendous strides in field research, from the development of improved research designs to more accurate methods of problem measurement and outcome analysis. Drawing upon these significant advances, this two-volume handbook brings together empirically validated interventions for many of the psychosocial problems most frequently encountered by social workers in their daily practice. Unlike other books in the field that employ a theory-based approach to treatment, this handbook focuses on the best-supported methods of helping clients with particular problems irrespective of theoretical biases, offering clinicians a valuable compendium of practice guidelines for treatment. Edited and authored by recognized experts in the field, the Handbook of Empirical Social Work Practice is clearly written and organized for easy reference. While Volume 2 addresses key social problems and practice issues, this volume covers clinically effective treatments for over twenty of the major mental, behavioral, and emotional diagnoses in the DSM-IV, including: Disorders typically diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. Substance-related disorders. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Mood and anxiety disorders. Sexual and eating disorders. Personality disorders. With information that is at once accessible and up-to-date, the Handbook of Empirical Social Work Practice is a vital source of guidance for today's clinical social workers and other practicing mental health professionals, as well as students. "One of the best tools to promote the values of the [social work] profession is that of empirical social work practice. 'Telling the truth' is one of these values, and discovering the truth is something that empirical research is very good at. This book presents credible reviews of contemporary empirical literature pertaining to selected behavioral, affective, and intellectual disorders, and their psychosocial assessment and treatment. That such a book is now possible is a striking affirmation of the merits of the approach to social work called empirical clinical practice." --from the Handbook of Empirical Social Work Practice. This volume--Mental Disorders--includes: Mental retardation. Disruptive behaviors. ADHD. Substance-related disorders Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Mood and anxiety disorders. Sexual and eating disorders Personality disorders. Volume 2--Social Problems and Practice Issues--includes: Empirically-based supervision. Crime, homelessness, and unemployment. Domestic violence and sexual abuse. Family conflict and preservation. The elderly and caregivers. Case management and social work supervision. Caregivers to the seriously ill, hospice care, and morbid grief.

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Social Problems
Child Maltreatment
Educationally Disadvantaged Children
Violence in the Schools
Adolescent Sexuality
Preventing HIV Disease in Adolescents
Substance Abuse
Chapter l3 Practice Approaches with Older Clients
Chapter l4 Retirement
Chapter l5 Promoting SelfManagement of Chronic
Chapter l6 Hospice Care
Chapter l7 Treating Chronic Grief
Chapter l8 Prevention
Chapter l9 Measurement of Social Problems
Empirical Approaches to Case Management

Urban Decline and Family Homelessness
Chapter l0 Unemployment
Marital Conflict Domestic Violence and Family
Chapter l2 The Impact of Race in Social Work Practice
Chapter 2l Empirical Approaches to Social Work Supervision
Obstacles to Conducting Empirically Based

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About the author (1998)

John S. Wodarski, PhD, is Director of Research and a Professor at the University of Tennessee?Knoxville. He has edited or authored over nineteen books, including Adolescent Sexuality and Maltreatment and The School-Age Child.

Bruce A. Thyer, PhD, is Professor and Dean of the Department of Psychology at Florida State University. His research focuses on evidence-based practice, evaluation research, behavior analysis, mental health, substance abuse, and social work theory, practice, and education.

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