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Generalist Social Work Practice

Generalist Social Work Practice

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November 2018 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Generalist Social Work Practice provides students with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to serve clients across micro, mezzo and macro areas of practice. Author Janice Gasker brings a focus on self-reflection as the first stage in the planned change process and writes with the perspective that we consider work at all levels of practice simultaneously rather than in isolation. In accordance with the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set forth by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), the planned change process is presented as dynamic and interactive, providing students with a clear understanding of how each stage of the planned change process can be utilized at any point when serving a client system. The text spotlights the distinctive characteristics of the worker—their values, attitudes, and experiences—that may influence client interaction. The text also includes case studies, collaborative learning exercises, and critical thinking questions to help students apply concepts to practice.

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Chapter 1. Introduction to Generalist Social Work
Section 1.1: The Uniqueness of the Social Work Profession  
Section 1.2: Generalist Social Work Practice  
Section 1.3: Characteristics of Generalist Social Work Practice  
Section 1.4: Historical Development of Social Work  
Section 1.5: Social Work Competencies  
Section 1.6: Review and Apply  
Chapter 2. Multisystem Practice
Section 2.1: Theory in Social Work  
Section 2.2: The Planned Change Process  
Section 2.3: Phases of Social Process  
Section 2.4: Diversity  
Section 2.5: Review and Apply  
Chapter 3. Values, Ethics, and Diversity
Section 3.1: Why a Focus on the Worker?  
Section 3.2: How Do We Develop a Professional Use of Self?  
Section 3.3: Aspects of Diversity  
Section 3.4: The Code of Ethics  
Section 3.5: What Is an Ethical Dilemma?  
Section 3.6: Review and Apply  
Chapter 4. Self-Reflection
Section 4.1: Self-Reflection  
Section 4.2: Developing Cultural Humility  
Section 4.3: The Method of Self-Reflection  
Section 4.4: Developing Empathy  
Section 4.5: Supervision  
Section 4.6: Barriers to Supervision  
Section 4.7: Self-Care  
Section 4.8: Review and Apply  
Chapter 5. Engagement
Section 5.1: Engagement  
Section 5.2: The Relationship  
Section 5.3: Process Awareness  
Section 5.4: The Opening Statement  
Section 5.5: Vulnerability in Engagement  
Section 5.6: Review and Apply  
Chapter 6. Assessment
Section 6.1: Assessment and Multisystem Practice  
Section 6.2: Evidence-Based Practice  
Section 6.3: The Practice of Multisystem Practice  
Section 6.4: First Steps in Assessment  
Section 6.5: Multisystem Assessment in Practice  
Section 6.6: The Genogram  
Section 6.7: Ecomaps  
Section 6.8: Review and Apply  
Chapter 7. Planning
Section 7.1: Assessment and Multisystem Practice  
Section 7.2: Smith Family Genogram  
Section 7.3: Smith Family Ecomap  
Section 7.4: Establishing Goals  
Section 7.5: Developing Goals  
Section 7.6: Planning Process Example  
Section 7.7: Review and Apply  
Chapter 8. Implementation
Section 8.1: Implementation  
Section 8.2: The Middle Stage of Social Process  
Section 8.3: Implementation Interviews  
Section 8.4: Implementation Methods  
Section 8.5: Review and Apply  
Chapter 9. Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up
Section 9.1: Evaluation in Planned Change  
Section 9.2: Three Types of Evaluation  
Section 9.3: Goal Attainment  
Section 9.4: Termination  
Section 9.5: Follow-Up  
Section 9.6: Review and Apply  
Chapter 10. Roles and Skills in Work With Individuals
Section 10.1: Generalist Social Work With Individuals  
Section 10.2: The Social Work Role of Educator  
Section 10.3: The Social Work Role of Counselor  
Section 10.4: The Social Work Role of Supporter  
Section 10.5: The Social Work Role of Advocate  
Section 10.6: The Social Work Role of Learner  
Section 10.7: Review and Apply  
Chapter 11. Roles and Skills in Work With Families
Section 11.1: The Family-in-Environment Perspective  
Section 11.2: Interactions Within Families  
Section 11.3: The Social Work Role of Mediator  
Section 11.4: The Social Work Role of Family Facilitator  
Section 11.5: Financial Capacity Building With Families  
Section 11.6: Crisis Intervention With Families  
Section 11.7: Review and Apply  
Chapter 12. Roles and Skills in Work With Groups
Section 12.1: Social Work With Groups  
Section 12.2: Different Types of Groups  
Section 12.3: Individual Roles in Groups  
Section 12.4: Group Process  
Section 12.5: The Social Work Role of Mediator  
Section 12.6: The Social Work Role of Group Facilitator  
Section 12.7: Review and Apply  
Chapter 13. Roles and Skills in Work With Organizations
Section 13.1: The Nature of Organizations  
Section 13.2: Aspects of Organizations  
Section 13.3: Planned Change in Organizations  
Section 13.4: The Social Work Role of Organizational Change Agent  
Section 13.5: The Social Work Role of Supervisor  
Section 13.6: Review and Apply  
Chapter 14. Roles and Skills in Work With Communities
Section 14.1: Social Work in Communities  
Section 14.2: Planned Change in Communities  
Section 14.3: The Social Work Role of Community Change Agent  
Section 14.4: The Social Work Role of Advocate  
Section 14.5: Review and Apply  
Chapter 15. Case Management, Technology, and Documentation
Section 15.1: Ethics in Case Management  
Section 15.2: The Social Work Role of Case Manager  
Section 15.3: The Social Work Role of Broker  
Section 15.4: Interdisciplinary Practice  
Section 15.5: Ethical Use of Technology in Social Work  
Section 15.6: Ethical Documentation  
Section 15.7: Review and Apply  


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“This text is a holistic teaching tool for the generalist social worker. I believe it will help engage students at every level plus offer case studies and materials for intense discussions. I also think the students can use it as handbook in the future.” 

Octavia Edinburg
Dillard University

“This text is very comprehensive and encouraging, and will motivate students to understand difficult concepts. The layout of the chapters, the emphasis on critical thinking, and the collaborative learning exercises are very useful for students and teachers.”  

Veronika Ospina-Kammerer
Saint Leo University

“A great introductory book for students who are new to the profession of social work. The book is written in a way that encourages students to read and practice the concepts. Although this is meant to be a practice book, there are topics that can be used to review and reinforce the entire social work education curriculum.”       

Renie Rondon Jackson
LIU Brooklyn
Key features
  • Coverage of micro, mezzo, and macro practice as a “flattened” hierarchy emphasizes that social workers practice on all levels at all times.
  • Case studies that reveal workers’ thoughts and feelings include sections on the workers’ emotions as they impact practice.
  • What if…Focus on Diversity boxes stimulate critical thinking about case studies and the strengths and challenges of diversity.
  • Ethical Perspectives boxes directly reference the 2018 Code of Ethics set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and provide critical thinking exercises about ethical decision-making that allow students to apply various aspects of the Code to practice scenarios.
  • Reflective Responses sections focus on specific worker characteristics (the new worker, the overwhelmed worker, the artistic worker, etc.) to give students an idea of how their own characteristics affect practice.
  • Critical Thinking and Collaborative Learning Exercises throughout chapters prompt students to work with a partner to participate in exercises and answer questions that reinforce content.
  • Self-reflection assessments allow students to take questionnaires and consider how their scores might impact practice.
  • Concurrent Considerations sections at the end of each chapter help students apply all CSWE competencies to the chapter’s case study.
  • SAGE edge provides instructors and students with free teaching and learning tools, including a test bank, PowerPoint® slides, quizzes, and more, in one easy-to-use online environment.

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