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Practicum Companion for Social Work, The: Integrating Class and Field Work

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ISBN13:

9780321045195

ISBN10:
032104519X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2000
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon

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Summary

The ideal companion for the first field/practicum experience, this book 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, including: 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 four students Ben, Cameron, Corina, and Lauren as they move through their own practicum experiences. Their real-life stories help spur discussion while helping students apply the knowledge, skills, and/or issues presented in the text. To further stimulate critical thinking and discussion, the book 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 xvii
Getting Started on Your Social Work Practice Career
1(23)
Getting Started in Your Practicum
2(3)
Developing Relationships at Your Practicum Site
3(1)
The Adult Learner---What Is It and Am I One?
4(1)
What Kind of Learner Am I?
4(1)
Learning and Teaching Style Exercise
5(2)
What Is My Role as a Student Learner?
6(1)
Self-Assessment: What Do I Know and What Do I Need to Know?
7(5)
What Can I Expect from My Practicum?
7(1)
What Will the Social Work Program Expect from Me?
8(1)
The Learning Plan
9(3)
Watch Your Body
12(5)
What Can I Expect from My Practicum Site?
12(1)
What Can I Expect from My Field Instructor?
13(2)
What Can I Expect from My Faculty Liaison?
15(1)
What Should I Expect from Myself?
15(2)
Integrative Practice Field Seminar
17(3)
What Can I Expect from the Integrative Practice Field Seminar?
18(1)
What Can I Expect from My Seminar Instructor?
19(1)
What Can I Expect from the Other Students?
19(1)
What Should I Expect from Myself?
20(1)
Seeing My Practicum Site with Different Eyes
20(1)
Seeing My Field Instructor with Different Eyes
21(1)
Summary
21(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
22(1)
References
23(1)
Socialization into the Social Work Profession
24(27)
Me? A Social Worker?
26(1)
Often-Asked Client Questions
27(1)
Strategies for Your Socialization as a Social Worker
27(2)
Social Work from Your Own Perspective
29(1)
Social Work from Many Perspectives
30(2)
Pulling It All Together: How Can I Juggle All the Roles?
32(1)
Setting Professional Boundaries
33(2)
Stress: Bane or Boon?
35(1)
How Wells Is Your Well-Being?
36(4)
Self-Care as Professional Development
40(2)
The Transitions of Professional Socialization
42(3)
Coursework to Practicum
42(1)
Beginning to Middle Phase
43(1)
Middle Phase to Termination Phase
43(1)
Subsequent Practica or Second Semester of Practicum to Graduation
44(1)
Practicum Student to Professional Social Worker
45(1)
A Day in the Life of a Social Worker
45(2)
Thinking Like a Social Worker
47(1)
Summary
48(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
48(1)
References
49(2)
Safety in Social Work Settings
51(18)
The Scope of Personal Safety Risks in Social Work
51(2)
Safety in the Practicum Setting
52(1)
Reasonable Concerns and Caution
53(1)
Gathering Information
54(1)
Gaining Skills
55(1)
Assessment and Reflection
55(1)
Assessment of Potentially Violent Clients
56(1)
Specific Guidelines for Safety within the Office
56(1)
Interacting with Clients within the Home and the Community
57(3)
Role-Play: Off-Site Safety Rules
60(1)
Working with Angry, Resistant, or Aggressive Clients
61(1)
Follow-Up to Crises
61(1)
Dilemmas Involving Safety Issues
62(1)
Sexual Harassment
63(2)
Defining Features of Harassment
63(1)
Intervention
64(1)
Safety: Your Comfort Zone
65(1)
Role-Play: Sexual Harassment
65(1)
Summary
66(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
66(1)
References
67(2)
Making the Most of Your Practicum Supervision
69(18)
What Is Practicum Supervision?
70(3)
Who Provides Practicum Supervision?
70(1)
The Practicum Supervision Approach
71(2)
What Can I Expect from Practicum Supervision?
73(2)
What Can I Expect from My Field Instructor?
74(1)
Forewarned Is Forearmed
75(2)
What Should I Expect from Myself?
76(1)
Supervision from the Other Side of the Desk
77(1)
Ethical and Interpersonal Issues in Supervision
78(2)
What Are You Saying and What Are You Really Saying to Your Field Instructor?
80(1)
Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Practicum Supervision
81(1)
Supervision: Expectations and Assessment
82(1)
Use of Self---Finding Trends in Interactions?
83(1)
Questions to Consider
83(1)
A Student's Worst Fear
84(1)
Summary
84(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
85(1)
References
86(1)
Organizational Issues
87(22)
The Importance of Organizational Knowledge
88(1)
Internal Elements of an Organization
89(1)
Governmental (Public) Organizations
89(2)
For-Profit Organizations
91(1)
Nonprofit Organizations
92(1)
Agency Size
93(1)
Large Agencies
93(1)
Small Agencies
94(1)
Reflections on Practice Context
94(2)
Management Theory
96(1)
Classical Scientific Management Theories
96(1)
Human Relations Theories
96(1)
Structuralist Theories
96(1)
Systems Theories
97(1)
The Role of Social Work within the Organization
97(1)
Gathering Information
98(2)
The Informal Organization
100(1)
Reflection on Explicit and Implicit Rules
101(1)
Socialization into the Social Service Organization
102(1)
Reflections on Your Organizational Socialization
103(1)
Uncovering Staff Violations
103(1)
Reflections on the Organization
104(1)
Reflection through Illustration
105(1)
Learning about Agency Structure through the Lens of Service Area/Client Issue
105(1)
Tying Together the Agency and Social Work Values and Principles
106(1)
Summary
106(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
107(1)
References
107(2)
Micro Social Work Practice in the Field
109(31)
Expectations for Student Learning in Micro Practice
109(2)
Learning the ``Business'' of Micro Practice
111(9)
Orientation
111(1)
Caseload Assignment
112(1)
Identifying Yourself as a Student
113(1)
Role Transition
114(1)
Charging for Services
115(1)
Confidentiality
115(1)
Documentation
116(4)
Documentation: Your Turn
120(4)
Seeking Answers
121(1)
Coverage
122(1)
Collaboration
122(1)
Ongoing Evaluation
123(1)
Learning the ``Process'' of Micro Practice
124(2)
Theory-Practice Integration
125(1)
Application of Theory to Practice: Testing Your Knowledge
126(7)
Working with ``Difficult'' Clients
127(1)
Unique Micro Practice Challenges
128(3)
Developing Appropriate Expectations of Yourself and Your Clients
131(1)
Use of Self in Micro Practice
131(2)
How to Handle Ethical Dilemmas
133(1)
Case Reenactment
134(2)
Learning from the Client: When Listening Is Not Enough
136(1)
Developing the Critical Self: Taking the Pain Out of Feedback
137(1)
Follow-Up
137(1)
Summary
137(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
138(1)
References
138(2)
Mezzo Social Work Practice in the Field
140(37)
Expectations for Student Learning in Mezzo Practice
142(2)
Groups, Groups, Groups
144(1)
Learning the ``Business'' of Mezzo Practice
145(6)
Orientation
145(1)
Group Work Assignments
146(1)
Identifying Yourself as a Student
147(1)
Role Transition
147(1)
Confidentiality
148(1)
Documentation
149(2)
How Do Documentation Styles Compare?
151(3)
Collaboration
152(1)
Ongoing Evaluation
153(1)
Group Facilitator Self-Assessment
154(1)
Learning the ``Process'' of Mezzo Practice
155(1)
Theory--Practice Integration
155(1)
Application of Theory to Group Practice: Testing Your Knowledge
156(10)
Working with ``Difficult'' Client Behaviors in the Group Setting
157(3)
Unique Mezzo Practice Challenges
160(4)
Developing Appropriate Expectations of Yourself and Your Clients
164(1)
Use of Self in Mezzo Practice
164(2)
Working with Nonclient Groups
166(5)
Group Member and Leader Roles
167(1)
Techniques for Group Meeting Facilitation
168(2)
Management of Difficult Group Dynamics
170(1)
Facilitating Your Own Interdisciplinary Group Meeting
171(1)
Documenting Group Process: When the Obvious Isn't So Obvious
172(1)
Need a Mezzo-Level Practicum Experience? Start Your Own Group
173(1)
Summary
174(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
175(1)
References
175(2)
Macro Social Work Practice in the Field
177(26)
Expectations for Student Learning in Macro Practice
179(1)
Learning the ``Business'' of Macro Practice
180(1)
Gathering Information
181(5)
Receiving a Macro Assignment
181(4)
Orientation
185(1)
Socialization into Macro Practice
186(1)
Identifying Yourself as a Student
186(1)
Practice in Smaller Communities
187(1)
Professional Socialization in a Smaller Community
187(3)
Role Transition
187(1)
Confidentiality and Self-Determination
188(1)
Collaboration/Coalitions
188(1)
Writing/Documentation Skills
189(1)
Ongoing Evaluation
190(1)
Learning the ``Process'' of Macro Practice
190(2)
Theory-Practice Integration
190(1)
Managing Adverse Relationships and Conflicting Goals
191(1)
Reflections on the Use of Conflict in Social Advocacy
192(1)
Developing Reasonable Expectations
192(1)
The Impact of Contemporary Social Policy on Social Work Practice and Practica
193(4)
Managed Care
193(2)
Administrative Trends among Social Service Agencies
195(1)
Welfare Reform
196(1)
Community Analysis through Observation
197(1)
Community Analysis through Illustration
198(1)
A Macro Approach to the Educational Needs of Homeless Children
198(1)
Role-Play: Social Advocacy
199(1)
Contact with an Influential Person
199(1)
Summary
199(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
200(1)
References
200(3)
Social Work Practice and the Legal System
203(23)
Legal Terms
205(2)
Grievance Procedures and Legal Resources for Clients
207(2)
Professional and Student Malpractice Issues and Liability
209(4)
Confidentiality
209(3)
Documentation as a Legal Record
212(1)
Agency Records as Legal Documents
213(1)
Personal Notes as a Legal Document
214(1)
Special Legal Issues in Practicum
215(1)
Social Work Ethical Violations and Grievance Procedures
215(2)
The Employing Agency
215(1)
Profession
216(1)
State
216(1)
Court (Civil and Criminal)
216(1)
If You Are Sued
217(1)
Professional Court Involvement
217(4)
Receiving a Subpoena
218(1)
Testifying in Court and Serving as an Expert Witness
219(2)
Noncustodial Parental Right to Review School Records
221(1)
Reflections on the Legal System and Vulnerable Populations
222(1)
The Courts: How Much Do You Know?
222(1)
Follow-Up to Practice Application 9.3---Authors' Suggested Resolution
223(1)
Summary
224(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
224(1)
References
224(2)
Termination: The Beginning of an End (or the End of a Beginning?)
226(71)
What Has This Practicum Experience Meant?
227(2)
What Is Social Work and Where Do I Fit?
229(1)
Beginning the Termination: Where Do I Start?
230(3)
Joys and Frustrations: Taking Stock
231(1)
Lessons Learned
232(1)
Termination through Journaling
233(1)
Termination through Presentation
233(1)
Termination through Illustration
234(1)
Termination through Simulation
234(1)
Termination through Activation
234(1)
The Nuts and Bolts of Termination with Your Clients, Agency, Field Instructor, and Social Work Program
235(9)
Terminating with Clients
235(3)
Terminating with Your Field Instructor and Agency Staff
238(5)
Terminating with the Social Work Program
243(1)
Professional Development: Where Does It Begin and Where Does It End?
244(10)
Employment Search: A Needle in a Haystack?
244(6)
Succeeding in Your First Social Work Position
250(1)
Involvement with the Professional Social Work Community
250(2)
Social Work Credentials: To Get or Not to Get?
252(2)
Summary
254(1)
Student Scenario Postscripts
255(1)
References
256(1)
Appendices
Appendix A: Criteria for Determining the Best Graduate Social Work Program for You
257(3)
Appendix B: Sample BSW Review Questions
260(10)
Appendix C: Social Work: The Puzzling Profession
270(3)
Appendix D: NASW Social Work Code of Ethics
273(22)
Appendix E: The Social Work Covenant
295(2)
Index 297


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