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The Practicum Companion for Social Work: Integrating Class and Fieldwork

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780205474820

ISBN10:
0205474829
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2011
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

The ideal companion for the first field/practicum experience, this text guides students through their placement while reinforcing the link between social work theory and practice. It includes detailed information on the field/practicum experience from start to finish. Topics covered include establishing a professional identity; working safely; making the most of practicum supervision; organizational issues; micro, mezzo, and macro social work practice; social work and the legal system; and terminating effectively from the practicum. To make the material more accessible, the book follows the progress of five studentsBen, Cameron, Corina, Lauren and Rosaas they move through their own practicum experiences. Their real-life stories help spur discussion while allowing students to apply the knowledge, skills, and/or issues presented in the text. To further stimulate critical thinking and discussion, the text provides discussion questions and practice applications in each unit. Many of the applications were developed in conjunction with agency-based field instructors.

Table of Contents

Preface xii
1 Getting Started on Your Social Work Practice Career
1(26)
Getting Started in Your Practicum
2(16)
Developing Relationships at Your Practicum Cite
3(1)
The Adult Learner: What Is It and Am I One?
4(1)
What Kind of Learner Am I?
5(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 1.1 Learning and Teaching Style Exercise
6(1)
What Is My Role as a Student Learner?
7(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 1.2 Self-Assessment: What Do I Know and What Do I Need to Know?
7(1)
What Can I Expect from My Practicum?
8(1)
What Will the Social Work Program Expect from Me?
9(1)
The Learning Plan
9(4)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 1.3 Watch Your Body
12(1)
What Can I Expect from My Practicum Site?
13(1)
What Can I Expect from My Field Instructor?
14(1)
Ethical Dilemma: To Confront or Not to Confront
14(2)
What Can I Expect from My Faculty Liaison?
16(1)
What Should I Expect from Myself?
16(2)
Integrative Practice Field Seminar
18(6)
What Can I Expect from the Integrative Practice Field Seminar?
19(2)
What Can I Expect from My Seminar Instructor?
21(1)
What Can I Expect from the Other Students?
22(1)
What Should I Expect from Myself?
23(21)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 1.4 Seeing My Practicum Site with Different Eyes
23(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 1.5 Seeing My Field Instructor with Different Eyes
24(1)
Summary
24(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
24(1)
References
25(2)
2 Socialization into the Social Work Profession
27(29)
Me? A Social Worker?
29(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 2.1 Often-Asked Client Questions
30(1)
Strategies for Your Socialization as a Social Worker
30(5)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 2.2 Social Work from Your Own Perspective
33(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 2.3 Social Work from Many Perspectives
34(1)
Pulling It All Together: How Can I Juggle All the Roles?
35(2)
Setting Professional Boundaries
37(1)
Stress: Bane or Boon?
38(6)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 2.4 How Well Is Your Well-Being?
40(4)
Self-Care as Professional Development
44(3)
Ethical Dilemma: Rosa's Stress
46(1)
The Transitions of Professional Socialization
47(6)
Coursework to Practicum
47(1)
Beginning to Middle Phase
48(1)
Middle Phase to Termination Phase
49(1)
Subsequent Practica or Second Semester of Practicum to Graduation
49(1)
Practicum Student to Professional Social Worker
50(6)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 2.5 A Day in the Life of a Social Worker
50(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 2.6 Thinking Like a Social Worker
52(1)
Summary
53(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
53(1)
References
54(2)
3 Safety in Social Work Settings
56(19)
The Scope of Personal Safety Risks in Social Work
56(5)
Safety in the Practicum Setting
57(1)
Reasonable Concerns and Caution
58(10)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 3.1 Gathering Information
59(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 3.2 Gaining Skills
60(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 3.3 Assessment and Reflection
60(1)
Assessment of Potentially Violent Clients
61(1)
Specific Guidelines for Safety within the Office
62(1)
Interacting with Clients within the Home and the Community
63(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 3.4 Role-Play: Offsite Safety Rules
66(1)
Working with Angry, Resistant, or Aggressive Clients
66(1)
Follow-Up to Crises
67(1)
Ethical Dilemmas Involving Safety Issues
67(1)
Sexual Harassment
68(4)
Defining Features of Harassment
69(1)
Intervention
70(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 3.5 Safety: Your Comfort Zone
71(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 3.6 Role-Play: Sexual Harassment
71(1)
Ethical Dilemma: Confidential Medical Information
72(1)
Helping to Ensure Client Safety
72(1)
Summary
72(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
73(1)
References
74(1)
4 Making the Most of Your Practicum Supervision
75(22)
What Is Practicum Supervision?
76(3)
Who Provides Practicum Supervision?
77(1)
The Practicum Supervision Approach
77(2)
What Can I Expect from Practicum Supervision?
79(7)
Ethical Dilemma: Addressing Your Field Instructor
80(1)
What Can I Expect from My Field Instructor?
80(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 4.1 Forewarned Is Forearmed
83(1)
What Should I Expect from Myself?
83(12)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 4.2 Supervision from the Other Side of the Desk
85(1)
Ethical and Interpersonal Issues in Supervision
86(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 4.3 What Are You Saying and What Are You Really Saying to Your Field Instructor?
89(1)
Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Practicum Supervision
89(4)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 4.4 Supervision: Expectations and Assessment
91(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 4.5 Use of Self: Finding Trends in Interactions?
92(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 4.6 Questions to Consider
92(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 4.7 A Student's Worst Fear
93(1)
Summary
93(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
94(1)
References
95(2)
5 Organizational Issues
97(24)
Ethical Dilemma: Staff Interactions
98(1)
The Importance of Organizational Knowledge
99(1)
Internal Elements of an Organization
100(1)
Governmental (Public) Organizations
101(1)
For-Profit Organizations
102(1)
Nonprofit Organizations
103(1)
Agency Size
104(2)
Large Agencies
105(1)
Small Agencies
105(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 5.1 Reflections on Practice Context
105(1)
Management Theory
106(2)
Classical Scientific Management Theories
106(1)
Human Relations Theories
106(2)
Structuralist Theories
108(1)
Systems Theories
108(1)
The Role of Social Work within the Organization
108(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 5.2 Gathering Information
110(1)
The Informal Organization
111(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 5.3 Reflection on Explicit and Implicit Rules
113(1)
Socialization into the Social Service Organization
113(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 5.4 Reflections on Your Organizational Socialization
115(1)
Uncovering Staff Violations
115(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 5.5 Reflections on the Organization
116(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 5.6 Reflection through Illustration
116(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 5.7 Learning about Agency Structure through the Lens of Service Area/Client Issue
117(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 5.8 Tying Together the Agency and Social Work Values and Principles
117(1)
Summary
118(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
118(1)
References
119(2)
6 Micro Social Work Practice in the Field: Working with Individuals and Families
121(35)
Expectations for Student Learning in Micro Practice
122(1)
Learning the "Business" of Micro Practice
123(14)
Orientation
124(1)
Caseload Assignment
124(1)
Identifying Yourself as a Student
125(1)
Role Transition
126(1)
Charging for Services
127(1)
Confidentiality
128(2)
Documentation
130(4)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 6.1 Documentation: Your Turn
134(1)
Seeking Answers
134(1)
Coverage
135(1)
Collaboration
136(1)
Ongoing Evaluation
136(1)
Learning the "Process" of Micro Practice
137(16)
Theory—Practice Integration: Evidence-Based Practice
138(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 6.2 Application of Evidence-Based Theory to Practice: Testing Your Knowledge
139(2)
Working with Challenging Situations with Clients
141(1)
Ethical Dilemma: In the Best Interest of the Child
142(1)
Unique Micro-Practice Opportunities
142(5)
Developing Appropriate Expectations of Yourself and Your Clients
147(1)
Use of Self in Micro Practice
148(13)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 6.3 How to Handle Ethical Dilemmas
149(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 6.4 Case Re-Enactment
150(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 6.5 Learning from the Client: When Listening Is Not Enough
152(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 6.6 Developing the Critical Self: Taking the Pain Out of Feedback
153(1)
Practice Application 6.1 Follow-Up
153(1)
Summary
153(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
154(1)
References
154(2)
7 Mezzo Social Work Practice in the Field: Working with Groups
156(42)
Expectations for Student Learning in Mezzo Practice
158(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 7.1 Groups, Groups, Groups
160(1)
Learning the "Business" of Mezzo Practice
161(11)
Orientation
161(2)
Group Work Assignments
163(1)
Identifying Yourself as a Student
163(1)
Role Transition
164(1)
Confidentiality
164(2)
Documentation
166(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 7.2 How Do Documentation Styles Compare?
166(2)
Collaboration
168(1)
Ongoing Evaluation
169(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 7.3 Group Facilitator Self-Assessment
170(2)
Learning the "Process" of Mezzo Practice
172(15)
Theory—Practice Integration: Evidence-Based Practice
172(6)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 7.4 Application of Evidence-Based Theory to Group Practice: Testing Your Knowledge
176(2)
Working with Difficult Client Behaviors in the Group Setting
178(3)
Ethical Dilemma: Culture Clash
181(1)
Unique Mezzo-Practice Opportunities
181(4)
Developing Appropriate Expectations of Yourself and Your Clients
185(1)
Use of Self in Mezzo Practice
185(2)
Working with Nonclient Groups
187(8)
Group Member and Leader Roles
188(1)
Techniques for Facilitating Group Meetings
189(3)
Management of Challenging Group Dynamics
192(4)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 7.5 Facilitating Your Own Interdisciplinary Group Meeting
193(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 7.6 Documenting Group Process: When the Obvious Isn't So Obvious
193(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 7.7 Need a Mezzo-Level Practicum Experience? Start Your Own Group
195(1)
Summary
195(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
196(1)
References
196(2)
8 Macro Social Work Practice in the Field: Working with Organizations and Communities
198(28)
Ethical Dilemma: Engaging in Advocacy
200(1)
Expectations for Student Learning in Macro Practice
200(2)
Learning the "Business" of Macro Practice
202(10)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 8.1 Gathering Information
202(1)
Receiving a Macro Assignment
202(5)
Orientation
207(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 8.2 Socialization into Macro Practice
208(1)
Identifying Yourself as a Student
208(1)
Practice in Smaller Communities
209(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 8.3 Professional Socialization in a Smaller Community
209(1)
Role Transition
210(1)
Confidentiality and Self-Determination
210(1)
Collaboration/Coalitions
210(1)
Writing/Documentation Skills
211(1)
Ongoing Evaluation
212(1)
Learning the "Process" of Macro Practice
212(3)
Theory-Practice Integration
213(1)
Managing Adverse Relationships and Conflicting Goals
213(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 8.4 Reflections on the Use of Conflict in Social Advocacy
214(1)
Developing Reasonable Expectations
215(1)
The Impact of Contemporary Social Policy on Social Work Practice and Practica
215(7)
Managed Care
215(2)
Administrative Trends among Social Service Agencies
217(1)
Welfare Reform
218(14)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 8.5 Community Analysis through Observation
219(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 8.6 Community Analysis through Illustration
221(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 8.7 A Macro Approach to the Educational Needs of Children Who Are Homeless
221(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 8.8 Role-Play: Social Advocacy
222(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 8.9 Contact with an Influential Person
222(1)
Summary
222(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
223(1)
References
223(3)
9 Social Work Practice and the Legal System
226(25)
Legal Terms
228(2)
Grievance Procedures and Legal Resources for Clients
230(2)
Professional and Student Malpractice Issues and Liability
232(7)
Confidentiality
233(2)
Ethical Dilemma: Clients' Legal Status
235(2)
Documentation as a Legal Record
237(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 9.1: Agency Records as Legal Documents
237(2)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 9.2 Personal Notes as Legal Documents
239(1)
Special Legal Issues in Practicum
239(1)
Social Work Ethical Violations and Grievance Procedures
240(2)
The Employing Agency
240(1)
Profession
240(1)
State
241(1)
Court (Civil and Criminal)
241(1)
If You Are Sued
242(1)
Professional Court Involvement
242(6)
Receiving a Subpoena
243(1)
Testifying in Court and Serving as an Expert Witness
244(11)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 9.3 Noncustodial Parental Rights to Review School Records
246(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 9.4 Reflections on the Legal System and Vulnerable Populations
247(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 9.5 The Courts: How Much Do You Know?
247(1)
Follow-Up to Practice Application 9.3: Authors' Suggested Resolution
248(1)
Summary
249(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
249(1)
References
249(2)
10 Termination: The Beginning of an End (or the End of a Beginning?) 251(34)
What Has This Practicum Experience Meant?
252(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 10.1 What Is Social Work and Where Do I Fit?
254(1)
Beginning the Termination: Where Do I Start?
255(5)
Joys and Frustrations: Taking Stock
256(1)
Lessons Learned
257(3)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 10.2 Termination through Journaling
258(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 10.3 Termination through Presentation
259(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 10.4 Termination through Illustration
259(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 10.5 Termination through Simulation
259(1)
PRACTICE APPLICATION 10.6 Termination through Activation
260(1)
The Nuts and Bolts of Termination with Your Clients, Agency, Field Instructor, and Social Work Program
260(10)
Terminating with Clients
261(3)
Terminating with Your Field Instructor and Agency Staff
264(5)
Terminating with the Social Work Program
269(1)
Ethical Dilemma: When Is It OK to Let Go?
270(1)
Professional Development: Where Does It Begin and Where Does It End?
270(12)
Employment Search: A Needle in a Haystack?
271(6)
Succeeding in Your First Social Work Position
277(1)
Involvement with the Professional Social Work Community
278(2)
Social Work Credentials: To Get or Not to Get?
280(2)
Summary
282(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
283(1)
References
283(2)
Appendix: Criteria for Determining the Best Graduate Social Work Program for You 285(3)
Index 288


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