Social Work Practice With Groups, Communities, and Organizations

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-14
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

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Gathering together the top scholars in social work practice, Dulmus and Sowers have created a resource that covers both mezzo and macro practice. Each chapter covers the theoretical basis for each type of practice as well as the practice implications for social work. The mezzo and macro practice areas covered are: Group work Group assessment Assessment of communities Intervention with communities Assessment of Organizations Interventions with Organizations Assessment of Institutions Interventions with Institutions

Author Biography

Charles A. Glisson, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor at the College of Social Work at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also the founder and Director of the Children's Mental Health Services Research Center which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Catherine N. Dulmus, PhD, is Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Buffalo Center for Social Research in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and Research Director at Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, New York. Karen M. Sowers, PhD, is Dean and Beaman Professor in the College of Social Work at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include juvenile justice, sexuality, social work education, child welfare, evidence-based practice, and international social work practice.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
About the Editorsp. viii
Contributorsp. ix
Assessment of Groupsp. 1
Historical Backgroundp. 2
Summary of Current Evidence and Application to Group Assessmentp. 4
Identified Needs for New Researchp. 26
Key Termsp. 27
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 27
Online Resourcesp. 28
Referencesp. 28
Group Work: A Critical Addition to the Social Work Repertoirep. 41
Group Work: A New Method of Intervention with Deep Historical Rootsp. 42
Group Work Models for Practicep. 50
Conclusionp. 55
Key Termsp. 56
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 56
Online Resourcesp. 56
Referencesp. 56
Assessment of Communitiesp. 59
Historical Background and Theoryp. 59
Assessment in Practice: Discovering and Documenting the Life of a Communityp. 65
Limitations of the Evidencep. 73
Implications for Social Work on Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Levelsp. 74
Future Directionsp. 75
Conclusionp. 76
Key Termsp. 76
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 76
Online Resourcesp. 77
Referencesp. 77
Intervention with Communitiesp. 81
Focus of Community Intervention: What Does Community Mean?p. 83
Historical Backgroundp. 84
Current Evidence-Based Intervention with Communitiesp. 89
Limitations to the Evidencep. 102
Implications for Social Workp. 103
Conclusionp. 105
Key Termsp. 107
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 107
Online Resourcesp. 108
Referencesp. 121
Assessment of Organizationsp. 131
Worker's Perspectivep. 132
Management's Perspectivep. 139
Funder's Perspectivep. 145
Client's Perspectivep. 150
Conclusionp. 153
Key Termsp. 155
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 155
Online Resourcesp. 155
Referencesp. 155
Intervention with Organizationsp. 159
Social, Strategic, and Technical Dimensions of Organizational Contextp. 161
Work Environments of Social Services Organizationsp. 162
Using Planned Intervention to Change Organizational Contextsp. 163
Historical Backgroundp. 164
From Organizational Development to Change Managementp. 168
The ARC Model as a Framework for Implementing Organizational Interventionsp. 170
Limitations of the Evidencep. 179
Implications for Social Work Practicep. 181
Conclusionp. 181
Notep. 182
Key Termsp. 183
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 183
Online Resourcesp. 183
Referencesp. 183
Assessment of Institutionsp. 191
Historical Backgroundp. 192
Assessment and Early Institutionsp. 194
Emerging Federal Role in Institutional Reforms and Assessmentp. 196
Characteristics of Asylumsp. 197
The Anti-Institutionalization Movementp. 198
Normalization, the Least Restrictive Environment, and Recoveryp. 198
Current Frameworks for Assessing Institutionsp. 201
Organizational Effectivenessp. 204
Qualityp. 208
Evidence-Based Assessment of Institutionsp. 211
Implications at the Macro, Mezzo, and Micro Levelsp. 217
Conclusionp. 219
Key Termsp. 219
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 219
Online Resourcesp. 220
Referencesp. 221
Intervention with Institutionsp. 229
Historical Backgroundp. 231
Summary of Contemporary Evidence-Based Intervention with Institutionsp. 237
Limitations of the Evidencep. 248
Implications for Social Work Practicep. 252
Conclusionp. 255
Notesp. 256
Key Termsp. 256
Review Questions for Critical Thinkingp. 256
Online Resourcesp. 257
Referencesp. 258
Author Indexp. 265
Subject Indexp. 272
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