9780534521943

Decision Cases for Generalist Social Work Practice Thinking Like a Social Worker

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534521943

  • ISBN10:

    0534521940

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/18/2005
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole

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Summary

This collection of cases provides social work students with opportunities to practice thinking like social work professionals. These accounts, referred to as decision cases, depict actual situations encountered by BSW-level generalist social workers across a variety of practice settings in their work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, or communities. Sure to stimulate in-depth class discussions, these detailed, open-ended cases urge students to decide on the central problem and recommend a course of action. The resulting case analyses and class discussions help students develop important problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, internalize social work values and ethics, and apply theory to practice. Through the "decision case" approach, students adopt attitudes and skills that are considered essential for effective social work practice, yet difficult to teach in the traditional curriculum. As they discuss their perspectives on these cases, students learn to articulate and defend their positions, to listen more effectively, and to develop skills in, and appreciation for, collaborative problem-solving.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
About the Editors xv
Case Author Biographies xvii
PART I ABOUT DECISION CASES
1(26)
An Introduction to Decision Cases and Case Method Learning
3(14)
What Is Your Experience with Cases?
4(1)
Cases in Social Work Education
5(1)
Distinguishing Decision Cases from Other Types
6(2)
Outcomes of Decision Case Learning
8(3)
Case Method Teaching
11(1)
The Cases
11(1)
Where these Cases Came from, and How They Were Written
12(2)
Reading the Cases
14(1)
References
14(3)
Tips For Learning From Decision Cases
17(10)
Reading the Case
17(1)
Digging into the Case Situation: Develop Your ``Awareness''
18(1)
Develop Empathic Understanding
19(1)
Defining or Formulating the Problem
19(1)
Analysis: Identifying the Key Issues and How They Relate
20(1)
Prepare to Participate: Take a Stand
21(1)
Things to Avoid while Preparing
21(1)
Actively Support Your Conclusions in the Discussion, But Stay Open to Emerging Insights
22(1)
Listen Carefully
22(1)
Making Contributions
23(1)
Things to Avoid in Case Discussions
23(1)
Trust the Process
24(1)
Focus on Here-and-Now Process, and Results Will Follow
24(1)
Maintain Perspective
25(1)
Finally, Focus on Long-Term Outcomes
25(1)
References
25(2)
PART II CASES
27
Case 1 Threat to Society?
29(10)
Case 2 Twice a Victim . . . In English, Please
39(8)
Case 3 I Can't Find Her!
47(8)
Case 4 I Need to Advocate For My Client!
55(12)
Case 5 Carla Fights the System
67(8)
Case 6 This Could Get Messy
75(8)
Case 7 In Need of Support
83(12)
Case 8 The Discharge Dilemma
95(10)
Case 9 The Ridge
105(8)
Case 10 If Only . . . !
113(10)
Case 11 Finding Our Way
123(14)
Case 12 In Her Best Interest
137

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