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Generalist Social Work Practice

Generalist Social Work Practice

Second Edition

February 2023 | 616 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 engages students through evidence-based pedagogy that includes case studies, self-reflection opportunities, sample dialog, application and reinforcement of concepts, and an abundance of critical thinking sections, including profession practice standards such as the 2018 NASW Code of Ethics and 2022 EPAS. Updates to the Second Edition include an emphasis on Critical Race Theory, greater coverage of issues related to race and intersectionality, and a new section on institutional racism in social work. The new edition further includes an infusion of concepts related to ADEI and the addition of the PREPARE and IMAGINE models.

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PART I Conceptual Foundations
1 Introduction to Generalist Social Work
2 The Generalist Intervention Model in Practice
3 Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Ethical Practice
Part II The Planned Change Process
4 Self-Reflection
5 Engagement
6 Assessment
7 Planning
8 Implementation
9 Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up
Part III Practice Across Systems
10 Roles and Skills in Work With Individuals
11 Roles and Skills in Work With Families
12 Roles and Skills in Work With Groups
13 Roles and Skills in Work With Organizations
14 Roles and Skills in Work With Communities
Part IV Complementary Competencies
15 Case Management, Technology, and Documentation

Utilizes generalist practice skills across the system.
Focused on 2022 EPAS.

Dr Bipasha Biswas
Social Work, Eastern Washington University
March 12, 2024

A great textbook! It has the depth for a graduate generalist course as well as the practicalities for undergraduate students. The addition of ADEI material is right on the money.

John Vafeas
Social Work Dept, Kutztown University
February 22, 2024
Key features

  • Emphasis on Critical Race Theory as part of the foundation of the Generalist Intervention Model.
  • New framework consistent with anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice as critical components of the General Intervention Model.
  • New attention paid to issues related to race, intersectionality, and white privilege.
  • New section on institutional racism in social work and social welfare in Chapter 1.
  • Chapter 2 has been renamed “The Generalist Intervention Model (GIM) in Practice” to reflect reviewer feedback around how the multi-system practice model is referenced.
  • Chapter 3 has been renamed “Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Ethical Practice” to reflect changes to the inclusive approach to practice. 
  • Chapter 6 includes contemporary research and data related to poverty levels and rates, as well as attention to information systems as a social system due to media influences.
  • Expanded discussion of racism and ageism in Chapter 10.
  • Exploration of microaggressions and managing microaggressions in Chapter 12.
  • Addition of IMAGINE and PREPARE models along with more attention to self-care efforts to Chapter 14.

  • 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 Equity 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 and provide curriculum matrices for faculty engaged in program renewal.

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