Social Work Practice A Critical Thinker's Guide

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-11-28
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The first textbook to emphasize the importance of critical thinking skills to practice, this third edition of the classicSocial Work Practiceretains its unique focus on thinking critically about decisions that social workers make daily. Organized around the phases of helping, this hands-on introduction highlights the decision points that social workers encounter during assessment, intervention, and evaluation. This text, together with its companion website, provides students with a wealth of hands-on exercises for developing and assessing their practice skills. Most importantly, it helps students enhance client well-being by becoming critical thinkers and evidence-informed practitioners.

Author Biography

Eileen Gambrill, PhD, is the Hutto Patterson Charitable Foundation Professor in Child and Family Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Social Workers at Work
Getting Oriented
Social Work: An Introduction
Clients and Services
Values, Ethics, and Obligations
Thinking about Knowledge and How to Get it
Different Views of Knowledge
Critical Thinking: Integral to Evidence-Based Practice
Thinking about Problems and Causes
Competing Views of Personal and Social Problems and Their Causes
Taking Advantage of Research Findings about Behavior and How it is Influenced by the Environment
A Decision-Focused Practice Model
Problem Solving and Decision Making: Integral to Helping Clients
Evidence-Based Practice: A Decision-Making Process and Philosophy
Posing Questions and Searching for Answers
Critically Appraising Research: Thinking for Yourself
Getting Started
A Contextual Assessment Framework
Beginning: A Practice Guide
Engaging Clients
Relationship Skills
Interpersonal Helping Skills
Creating and Handling Challenging Social Situations
Gathering and Organizing Information
Where to Look: Deciding How to Gather Needed Information
Observation: Learning to See
Reviewing Resources and Obstacles
Putting it All Together
Selecting Plans and Assessing Progress
Selecting and Implementing Service Plans
Evaluating Outcomes as Integral to Problem Solving
Planning for Endings
Intervention Options
Empowering Clients: Providing Information and Skill Building
Helping Clients Learn Positive Behavior Change Skills
Working with Groups and Families
Organizations and Communities
The Long Run
Maintaining Skills and Staying Happy in Your Work
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