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Case Studies in Social Work Practice



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Now in its third edition, this popular and student-friendly text enlightens students to the day-to-day practice of real social workers and helps them integrate theory and practice. Each of the book's nine sections begins with an overview section, followed by a number of case studies, each representing a particular context and environment that social work students may encounter in the field. This collection of case studies vividly illustrates what social work looks like in a variety of settings and practice arenas.

Table of Contents

Part I Case Studies in Generalist Practice

Case Study 1-1 Using the Ecological Model in Generalist Practice: Life Transitions in Late Adulthood

Shirley Patterson, Jan Jess, and Craig Winston LeCroy

Case Study 1-2 Finding Resources: Case Management with Childhood Chronic Illness

Kathy L. Lortie

Case Study 1-3 A Strengths-Focused Approach to Community Development

Jeannine K Chapelle


Part II Case Studies in Integrating Theory and Practice


Case Study 2-1 Social Work Practice from an Ecological Perspective

Barbra Teater

Case Study 2-2 Social Learning Theory in the Treatment of Phobic Disorders

Bruce A. Thyer

Case Study 2-3 Case Studies in Integrating Theory and Practice: Relational Theory with a Young Adult Experiencing Interpersonal Problems

Joseph Walsh, Ph. D., L. C. S. W

Case Study 2-4 Using a Family Systems Approach with the Adoptive Family of a Child with Special Needs

Martha Morrison Dore


Part III Case Studies in Child and Family Welfare

Case 3-1 Clinical Social Work in a Interdisciplinary Team: An Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Case

Catherine Sammons

Case Study 3-2 Family Drug Court

Chris Swenson-Smith and Yesenia Campos

Case Study 3-3 Child Welfare Supervision Case Study

Cynthia A. Lietz, PhD, LCSW

Case Study 3-4 Challenging the Tradition: In Some Families, Violence Is a Way of Life

Steven Krugman


Part IV Case Studies in Family Therapy

Case Study 4-1 Homebuilders: Helping Families Stay Together

Nancy Wells Gladow, Peter J. Pecora and Charlotte Booth

Case Study 4-2 Humanizing the Impossible Case: Engaging the Power of a Family-Larger Systems Intervention

Jay Lappin and John VanDeusen

Case Study 4-3 Completing Brad’s Dreams

Dr. David Eddy


Part V Case Studies in Treating Adult Problems

Case Study 5-1 Nightshift

Carl Oekerman

Case Study 5-2 Individual Treatment of Depression Using Cognitive Therapy

Brent B. Geary

Case Study 5-3 Jasmika, The Docs, and Me: A Short Story with a Happy Ending About Partnership, Collaboration, Social Work, and Psychiatric Medication

Kia J. Bentley

Case Study 5-4 Beyond Just Words-Multisensory interventions can heighten therapy’s impact

Danie Beaulieu

Case Study 5-5 Treatment of Depression and Coping with Chronic Pain through Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement

Amber Kelly and Eric Garland


Part VI Case Studies in Preventing Problems and Developing Resourcefulness

Case Study 6-1 A Group Based Approach to Stress Management

Randy Magen

Case Study 6-2 Mediation and Facilitation: Alternatives to the Adversarial Process of Conflict Resolution in Child Welfare Cases

Susan K. Parnell

Case 6-3 Project Home Base: How Berto Came Indoors After Twenty Years of Sidewalk Sleeping

Catherine Sammons

Case Study 6-4 Treating Geriatric Depression in the Context of Caregiving

Kristen Gustavson

Case Study 6-5 The Go Grrrls Program: Universal Prevention for Early Adolescent Girls

Craig Winston LeCroy


Part VII Case Studies in Group Work

Case Study 7-1 A Mutual Aid Support Group for Persons with AIDS in Early Substance Abuse Recovery

Lawrence Shulman

Case Study 7-2 A Group for Relatives and Friends of Institutionalized Aged

Toby Berman-Rossi and Alex Gitterman

Case Study 7-3 A Social Skills Group for Children

Craig Winston LeCroy

Case Study 7-4 Group Work with Men Who Batter

Richard M. Tolman and Larry Bennett


Part VIII Case Studies in Diversity

Case 8-1 The Case of Ruth and Janice

Deana F. Morrow and Frances E. Tack

Case Study 8-2 Counseling an Interracial Couple

Man-Keung Ho

Case Study 8-3 Working with the Urban Poor

Myrtle Parnell and Jo VanderKloot

Case study 8-4 Highlighting the role of cross-cultural competence in ethically sound practice

Kathleen Cox, Nancy Sullivan, Jennifer Reiman, and Cher Vang


Part IX Case Studies in Using Practice Evaluation


Case Study 9-1 Evaluating the Treatment of a Sexually Assaulted Child

Betty J. Blythe

Case Study 9-2 Doing Family Therapy with an Acting-Out Adolescent: Using rapid assessment tools in clinical practice.

Kevin Corcoran and Kristin Beers

Case Study 9-3 Practice Evaluation Methods: Practical Variations on a Theme

Paula S. Nurius and Sara Green

Case Study 9-4 Becoming evidence-based: A social work agency’s effort to move research into practice

Jennifer L. Bellamy

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