The Social Work Practicum A Guide and Workbook for Students

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-01-03
  • Publisher: Pearson
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In the new edition of Cynthia Garthwait’s The Social Work Practicum, theory and practice combine to offer a unique format for understanding, structuring, implementing, and evaluating practicum experience at both the BSW and MSW levels. This book provides a structured and yet individualized map for gaining the competencies required of social work professionals. The format integrates theory and practice to walk readers through the process of acquiring knowledge, developing skills, and enhancing social work values, and the unique format provides a solid background for understanding, structuring, implementing, and evaluating practicum experiences at both the BSW and MSW levels. The chapters are sequenced to allow for ongoing professional development, while clarifying expectations for applying knowledge and providing experiential learning opportunities that lead to professional competencies.


This edition offers new content on such important topics as professional licensing, organizational communication, planned change process, evaluation of practice, trends in social policy relevant to social work, social problem analysis, social policy formation, and leadership. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video and assessments.


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Author Biography

Cynthia Garthwait is Professor of Social Work at the University of Montana - School of Social Work, and has 28 years of social work education experience.  She has served as Chair and Practicum Director at the University of Montana, in addition to teaching at both the BSW and MSW levels.  Having taught across the social work curriculum, Professor Garthwait teaches gerontology, human behavior, addictions, and advanced practice courses.  Her research interests include aging, service learning, best practices and spirituality.

Table of Contents

1. Purpose and Expectations for Practicum 1

Structure of Chapters 1

Chapter Preview 2

Background and Context 3

Guidance and Direction 6

Self-Assessment of Practice Strengths: A Workbook Activity 7

Skill Building Across Your Social Work Career: A Workbook Activity 9

Suggested Learning Activities 10

Suggested Readings 11


2. Implementing a Learning Plan 12

Chapter Preview 12

Background and Context 13

Guidance and Direction 19

Planning to Learn: A Workbook Activity 25

Self-Monitoring of Competency Building: A Workbook Activity 26

Suggested Learning Activities 27

Suggested Readings 27


3. Learning from Supervision 28

Chapter Preview 28

Background and Context 29

Guidance and Direction 33

Professional Standards for Supervision: A Workbook Activity 37

Preparing for Supervision: A Workbook Activity 39

Suggested Learning Activities 39

Suggested Readings 40


4. Personal Safety 41

Chapter Preview 41

Background and Context 42

Guidance and Direction 44

Reducing the Risk of Harm: A Workbook Activity 49

Suggested Learning Activities 50

Suggested Readings 50


5. Communication 51

Chapter Preview 51

Background and Context 52

Guidance and Direction 53

Developing Communication Skills: A Workbook Activity 63

Suggested Learning Activities 63

Suggested Readings 64


6. Organizational Context of Practice 65

Chapter Preview 65

Background and Context 66

Guidance and Direction 71

Agency Analysis: A Workbook Activity 74

Suggested Learning Activities 75

Suggested Readings 75


7. The Community Context of Practice 76

Chapter Preview 76

Background and Context 77

Guidance and Direction 81

Developing Community Practice Skills: A Workbook Activity 85

Selecting Community Practice Theories and Models: A Workbook Activity 85

Suggested Learning Activities 85

Suggested Readings 86


8. The Social Problem Context of Practice 87

Chapter Preview 87

Background and Context 87

Guidance and Direction 91

Social Problems and Social Work Responses: A Workbook Activity 95

Beliefs About Social Problems: A Workbook Activity 95

Suggested Learning Activities 96

Suggested Readings 96


9. The Social Policy Context of Practice 97

Chapter Preview 97

Background and Context 98

Guidance and Direction 102

Perspectives on Policy Practice: A Workbook Activity 107

Preparing Legislative Testimony: A Workbook Activity 108

Suggested Learning Activities 108

Suggested Readings 108


10. Cultural Competence 110

Chapter Preview 110

Background and Context 111

Guidance and Direction 113

Cultural Competence Audit: A Workbook Activity 120

Cultural Examples to Consider: A Workbook Activity 121

Organizational Cases to Consider: A Workbook Activity 123

Suggested Learning Activities 123

Suggested Readings 124


11. Professional Social Work 125

Chapter Preview 125

Background and Context 126

Guidance and Direction 127

Social Work Licensing: A Workbook Activity 132

Moving from Student to Professional: A Workbook Activity 134

Suggested Learning Activities 135

Suggested Readings 135


12. Social Work Ethics 136

Chapter Preview 136

Background and Context 137

Guidance and Direction 139

Values and Ethics in Your Practicum: A Workbook Activity 145

Suggested Learning Activities 146

Suggested Readings 147


13. Legal Issues 148

Chapter Preview 148

Background and Context 149

Guidance and Direction 152

Legal Issues and Concerns: A Workbook Activity 155

Suggested Learning Activities 157

Suggested Readings 158


14. Planned Change Process 159

Chapter Preview 159

Background and Context 160

Guidance and Direction 165

Evidence-Based Practice: A Workbook Activity 169

Planned Change Process Example: A Workbook Activity 170

Suggested Learning Activities 170

Suggested Readings 171


15. Evaluating Your Practice 172

Chapter Preview 172

Background and Context 173

Guidance and Direction 178

Self-Assessment of Practicum Strengths Post-Test: A Workbook Activity 182

Analyzing Ineffectiveness: A Workbook Activity 182

Suggested Learning Activities 183

Suggested Readings 184


16. Merging Self and Profession 185

Chapter Preview 185

Background and Context 186

Guidance and Direction 187

Professional Development Plan: A Workbook Activity 191

Suggested Learning Activities 191

Suggested Readings 192


17. Leadership for Social Justice 193

Chapter Preview 193

Background and Context 194

Guidance and Direction 198

Metaphors for Social Justice Practice: A Workbook Activity 205

Suggested Learning Activities 206

Suggested Readings 206

Appendix 207

Glossary 213

Index 219


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