In the Field : A Real-Life Survival Guide for the Social Work Internship

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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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

Introductionp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Before You Embark on Your Journeyp. 1
Twenty-One Skills You Will Learnp. 1
Terminology Used in This Book: Client, Patients, Consumersp. 2
How to Get the Most From This Bookp. 3
The "Ride of Your Life"p. 3
Do Your Homeworkp. 4
Placement Interview Questionsp. 5
Preparing Your Attitudesp. 5
Building Your Professional Wardrobep. 8
The Mature Studentp. 9
House Rulesp. 11
Supervision, Placements, and Support From the Collegep. 12
Learning Contractsp. 14
Making the Leap from Theory to Real Lifep. 17
Emotional Readiness: "Standing in the Rain"p. 17
Understanding the Process of Changep. 19
Mistakes: Errors of Technique Versus Errors of the Heartp. 20
Four Kinds of Paperworkp. 21
Writing Chart Notesp. 22
Progress Notesp. 23
Process Recordingsp. 25
Beginning at the Beginningp. 29
The First Dayp. 29
Safetyp. 31
Safety Rulesp. 33
Health Precautionsp. 34
Family Contact: Appropriate and Inappropriatep. 35
Sexual Harassment and Cultural Sensitivityp. 35
Social Work Ethics and Valuesp. 36
Resources in Dealing with Ethical Issuesp. 37
Ethics and Ethical Thinkingp. 37
Ethical Behavior Toward Colleaguesp. 41
Ethics Demystifiedp. 42
Surveys, Research, and the Institutional Review Board (IRB)p. 44
Staying the Coursep. 47
The Team and Agency As Systemsp. 47
Multicultural Interviewp. 48
Assessmentsp. 48
Generalist Practicep. 50
Psychiatric Assessmentp. 51
Psychosocial Assessmentp. 52
Assessing Potential for Violent Behaviorp. 53
Getting Comfortable with Your Clientsp. 54
Looking beneath the Surfacep. 57
Understanding Your Clientp. 58
Asking Open-Ended Questionsp. 62
Leaving Spacep. 62
Becoming the Least Motivated Person in the Roomp. 63
Askingp. 64
Learning to Tolerate Ambiguity and Ambivalencep. 64
Learning to Trust and Use Your Feelingsp. 65
Paying Attention to Your Bodyp. 65
Care and Feeding of On-Site Supervisorsp. 66
Navigating the Hazardsp. 73
Stress and Anxietyp. 73
Your Inner Clockp. 77
Transference and Countertransferencep. 78
When Things Go Badp. 81
Three Common Mistakesp. 83
Uncomfortable Topicsp. 85
Helpless and Hopeless: Bad Feelings or Good Feelings?p. 86
Gimmicks and Propsp. 87
Terminationp. 91
Client Terminationp. 91
Evaluation and Terminationp. 95
Termination and Closure After the Client Has Leftp. 96
Your Terminationp. 97
Mirror-Mirrorp. 98
Suggested Readingsp. 101
Indexp. 103
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