Social Work Practice

Social Work Practice : A Critical Thinker's Guide

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Social Work Practice suggests that practice decisions based on weak criteria such as popularity of specific techniques in the profession may harm rather than help clients; it illustrates how social workers can make use of empirical data to achieve a greater understanding of client problems and provide the best and most appropriate services. Gambrill offers a contextual framework in which both clients and their problems are viewed in relation to their environments. Each chapter contains case illustrations, study questions, check lists, and boxes and charts which summarize the material.show more

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  • Hardback | 688 pages
  • 188 x 233.7 x 35.6mm | 1,292.75g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • tables
  • 0195113322
  • 9780195113327

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"This is a seminal text in social work practice. This is not a cook book text. I think it is the best thing that has been written in the field. Gambrill has a unique ability to integrate theoretical material with hands on practice techniques. I have not seen this done so effectively in any other book." --Cynthia Franklin, University of Texas, Austin"I think this is a terrific book. Everything is in there and if you read this book you really don't need to read any other book on social work practice. It is a masterpiece, the classic book for graduate level education in social work practice." --Richard Dangel, University of Texas, Austin"Two years ago a major study of knowledge development in the profession, sponsored by NIMH, found substantial deficiencies in the current social work practice textbooks. The primary criticism was that most of the current books lack an empirical foundation for teaching practice methods. Gambrill's book addresses this issue with a powerful and easy to read text. I think the focus on developing critical thinking skills is the unique and most important addition of this textbook. Gambrill is among the top 3 or 4 most respected scholars in our field. She has earned her reputation through careful and serious scholarship. Her textbook evidences these qualities while maintaining readability and balance." --Duncan Lindsey, University of California"I believe that this book has the potential to be a classic. The critical thinking content is crucial and unique. The description of practice is concrete for the most part, a characteristic not typically found in generalist practice texts. Good practice is documented with empirical evidence and draws on the best research in the field. The description of the context of practice is outstanding. The book is scholarly, well documented, and draws on a very wide array of research and theory...indeed more so than any competitors." --Charles Cowger, University of Illinois"Excellent book that is needed in social work practice classes."--Julia Hamilton, Southern Connecticut State University"This is a unique book which brings together in an integrated way sound principles of evidence-based practice and the traditional values and ethics of the profession. No mean task."--Don Carpenter, University of Minnesota, Duluth"A wonderful text that brings the vital lens of critical thinking to social work practice."--Susan Sarnoff, Ohio University "This is a seminal text in social work practice. This is not a cook book text. I think it is the best thing that has been written in the field. Gambrill has a unique ability to integrate theoretical material with hands on practice techniques. I have not seen this done so effectively in any other book." --Cynthia Franklin, University of Texas, Austin "I think this is a terrific book. Everything is in there and if you read this book you really don't need to read any other book on social work practice. It is a masterpiece, the classic book for graduate level education in social work practice." --Richard Dangel, University of Texas, Austin "Two years ago a major study of knowledge development in the profession, sponsored by NIMH, found substantial deficiencies in the current social work practice textbooks. The primary criticism was that most of the current books lack an empirical foundation for teaching practice methods. Gambrill's book addresses this issue with a powerful and easy to read text. I think the focus on developing critical thinking skills is the unique and most important addition of this textbook. Gambrill is among the top 3 or 4 most respected scholars in our field. She has earned her reputation through careful and serious scholarship. Her textbook evidences these qualities while maintaining readability and balance." --Duncan Lindsey, University of California "I believe that this book has the potential to be a classic. The critical thinking content is crucial and unique. The description of practice is concrete for the most part, a characteristic not typically found in generalist practice texts. Good practice is documented with empirical evidence and draws onthe best research in the field. The description of the context of practice is outstanding. The book is scholarly, well documented, and draws on a very wide array of research and theory...indeed more so than any competitors." --Charles Cowger, University of Illinois "Excellent book that is needed in social work practice classes."--Julia Hamilton, Southern Connecticut State University "This is a unique book which brings together in an integrated way sound principles of evidence-based practice and the traditional values and ethics of the profession. No mean task."--Don Carpenter, University of Minnesota, Duluth "A wonderful text that brings the vital lens of critical thinking to social work practice."--Susan Sarnoff, Ohio University "This is a seminal text in social work practice. This is not a cook book text. I think it is the best thing that has been written in the field. Gambrill has a unique ability to integrate theoretical material with hands on practice techniques. I have not seen this done so effectively in any other book." --Cynthia Franklin, University of Texas, Austin "I think this is a terrific book. Everything is in there and if you read this book you really don't need to read any other book on social work practice. It is a masterpiece, the classic book for graduate level education in social work practice." --Richard Dangel, University of Texas, Austin "Two years ago a major study of knowledge development in the profession, sponsored by NIMH, found substantial deficiencies in the current social work practice textbooks. The primary criticism was that most of the current books lack an empirical foundation for teaching practice methods. Gambrill's book addresses this issue with a powerful and easy to read text. I think the focus on developing critical thinking skills is the unique and most important addition of this textbook. Gambrill is among the top 3 or 4 most respected scholars in our field. She has earned her reputation through careful and serious scholarship. Her textbook evidences these qualities while maintaining readability and balance." --Duncan Lindsey, University of California "I believe that this book has the potential to be a classic. The critical thinking content is crucial and unique. The description of practice is concrete for the most part, a characteristic not typically found in generalist practice texts. Good practice isdocumented with empirical evidence and draws on the best research in the field. The description of the context of practice is outstanding. The book is scholarly, well documented, and draws on a very wide array of research and theory...indeed more so than any competitors." --Charles Cowger, University of Illinois "Excellent book that is needed in social work practice classes."--Julia Hamilton, Southern Connecticut State University "This is a unique book which brings together in an integrated way sound principles of evidence-based practice and the traditional values and ethics of the profession. No mean task."--Don Carpenter, University of Minnesota, Duluth "A wonderful text that brings the vital lens of critical thinking to social work practice."--Susan Sarnoff, Ohio University "This is a seminal text in social work practice. This is not a cook book text. I think it is the best thing that has been written in the field. Gambrill has a unique ability to integrate theoretical material with hands on practice techniques. I have not seen this done so effectively in any otherbook." --Cynthia Franklin, University of Texas, Austin"I think this is a terrific book. Everything is in there and if you read this book you really don't need to read any other book on social work practice. It is a masterpiece, the classic book for graduate level education in social work practice." --Richard Dangel, University of Texas, Austin"Two years ago a major study of knowledge development in the profession, sponsored by NIMH, found substantial deficiencies in the current social work practice textbooks. The primary criticism was that most of the current books lack an empirical foundation for teaching practice methods. Gambrill'sbook addresses this issue with a powerful and easy to read text. I think the focus on developing critical thinking skills is the unique and most important addition of this textbook. Gambrill is among the top 3 or 4 most respected scholars in our field. She has earned her reputation through carefuland serious scholarship. Her textbook evidences these qualities while maintaining readability and balance." --Duncan Lindsey, University of California"I believe that this book has the potential to be a classic. The critical thinking content is crucial and unique. The description of practice is concrete for the most part, a characteristic not typically found in generalist practice texts. Good practice is documented with empirical evidenceanddraws on the best research in the field. The description of the context of practice is outstanding. The book is scholarly, well documented, and draws on a very wide array of research and theory...indeed more so than any competitors." --Charles Cowger, University of Illinois"Excellent book that is needed in social work practice classes."--Julia Hamilton, Southern Connecticut State University"This is a unique book which brings together in an integrated way sound principles of evidence-based practice and the traditional values and ethics of the profession. No mean task."--Don Carpenter, University of Minnesota, Duluth"A wonderful text that brings the vital lens of critical thinking to social work practice."--Susan Sarnoff, Ohio Universityshow more

About Eileen D. Gambrill

Eileen Gambrill is Professor of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of many articles and chapters in professional sources. Recent books include Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice, Critical Thinking for Social Workers: A Workbook (with Len Gibbs), Controversial Issues in Values, Ethics and Obligations (with Robert Pruger), and Controversial Issues in Child Welfare (with T.J. Stein).show more

Table of contents

PROLOGUE; PART I: GETTING ORIENTED; 1. Social Work: A Profession of Contradictions; 2. About Clients and Services; 3. Values, Ethics and Obligations; PART II: BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE; 4. Thinking About Knowledge and How To Get It; 5. Helping Clients as a Problem-Solving Process; 6. Critical Thinking as a Guide to Practice Decisions; 7. Competing Views of Problems and Causes; 8. Behavior: Background Knowledge; PART III: GETTING STARTED; 9. Contextual Assessment; 10. Beginning: A Procedural Guideline; 11. Involving Clients: Increasing Participation; PART IV: RELATIONSHIP SKILLS; 12. Basic Interpersonal Skills; 13. Handling Difficult Situations; PART V: GATHERING AND ORGANIZING INFORMATION; 14. Sources of Information; 15. Observation: Learning to See; 16. Identifying Resources and Obstacles; 17. Putting It All Together; PART VI: SELECTING PLANS AND ASSESSING PROGRESS; 18. Selecting and Implementing Service Plans; 19. Evaluation: Finding Out What is Happening; 20. Planning for Endings; PART VII: INTERVENTION OPTIONS; 21. Education and Skill Building; 22. Helping Clients Learn Positive Behavior Change Skills; 23. Working With Groups and Families; 24. Working With Organizations and Communities; PART VIII: THE LONG RUN; 25. Maintaining Skills and Staying Happy in Your Workshow more

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