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This practical, down-to-earth practice-based book helps students move from the world of the classroom, textbook, and theory to the world of real practice.In the Field: A Real-Life Survival Guide for the Social Work Internshipby William Danowski helps students prepare for entering their first field placement, and enforces the fact that coworkers, supervisors, and life experiences have much to offer. Practioners preparing for their first field placement will see in this guide that going into a new and unknown environment can result in missteps or mistakes, but this text's ideas, examples, and orientations can serve as a guide to beginning a rewarding and successful career.
Table of Contents
|Before You Embark on Your Journey||p. 1|
|Twenty-One Skills You Will Learn||p. 1|
|Terminology Used in This Book: Client, Patients, Consumers||p. 2|
|How to Get the Most From This Book||p. 3|
|The "Ride of Your Life"||p. 3|
|Do Your Homework||p. 4|
|Placement Interview Questions||p. 5|
|Preparing Your Attitudes||p. 5|
|Building Your Professional Wardrobe||p. 8|
|The Mature Student||p. 9|
|House Rules||p. 11|
|Supervision, Placements, and Support From the College||p. 12|
|Learning Contracts||p. 14|
|Making the Leap from Theory to Real Life||p. 17|
|Emotional Readiness: "Standing in the Rain"||p. 17|
|Understanding the Process of Change||p. 19|
|Mistakes: Errors of Technique Versus Errors of the Heart||p. 20|
|Four Kinds of Paperwork||p. 21|
|Writing Chart Notes||p. 22|
|Progress Notes||p. 23|
|Process Recordings||p. 25|
|Beginning at the Beginning||p. 29|
|The First Day||p. 29|
|Safety Rules||p. 33|
|Health Precautions||p. 34|
|Family Contact: Appropriate and Inappropriate||p. 35|
|Sexual Harassment and Cultural Sensitivity||p. 35|
|Social Work Ethics and Values||p. 36|
|Resources in Dealing with Ethical Issues||p. 37|
|Ethics and Ethical Thinking||p. 37|
|Ethical Behavior Toward Colleagues||p. 41|
|Ethics Demystified||p. 42|
|Surveys, Research, and the Institutional Review Board (IRB)||p. 44|
|Staying the Course||p. 47|
|The Team and Agency As Systems||p. 47|
|Multicultural Interview||p. 48|
|Generalist Practice||p. 50|
|Psychiatric Assessment||p. 51|
|Psychosocial Assessment||p. 52|
|Assessing Potential for Violent Behavior||p. 53|
|Getting Comfortable with Your Clients||p. 54|
|Looking beneath the Surface||p. 57|
|Understanding Your Client||p. 58|
|Asking Open-Ended Questions||p. 62|
|Leaving Space||p. 62|
|Becoming the Least Motivated Person in the Room||p. 63|
|Learning to Tolerate Ambiguity and Ambivalence||p. 64|
|Learning to Trust and Use Your Feelings||p. 65|
|Paying Attention to Your Body||p. 65|
|Care and Feeding of On-Site Supervisors||p. 66|
|Navigating the Hazards||p. 73|
|Stress and Anxiety||p. 73|
|Your Inner Clock||p. 77|
|Transference and Countertransference||p. 78|
|When Things Go Bad||p. 81|
|Three Common Mistakes||p. 83|
|Uncomfortable Topics||p. 85|
|Helpless and Hopeless: Bad Feelings or Good Feelings?||p. 86|
|Gimmicks and Props||p. 87|
|Client Termination||p. 91|
|Evaluation and Termination||p. 95|
|Termination and Closure After the Client Has Left||p. 96|
|Your Termination||p. 97|
|Suggested Readings||p. 101|
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