Applying Theory to Generalist Social Work Practice by Carol L. Langer

By Carol L. Langer

The social workers advisor to integrating thought and practice

Applying concept to Generalist Social paintings Practice teaches aspiring social employees the way to follow conception in genuine global perform. absolutely aligned with the Council on Social paintings Education's 2015 academic coverage and Accreditation criteria, the e-book hyperlinks conception to perform with transparent, concise guide together with a dialogue of evidence-based perform. Twelve commonly-used theories are completely defined, with dialogue of the strengths and barriers of every, and utilized to genuine paintings with contributors, teams, households, groups, and organisations. The ebook comprises case stories and first-person contributions from training social staff to demonstrate the real-world situations within which varied innovations observe. severe pondering questions aid scholars boost their knowing of the guidelines awarded. instruments together with a attempt financial institution, PowerPoint slides, and an instructor's guide can be found to facilitate school room use, supplying a single-volume consultant to the total assisting strategy, from engagement to termination.

Practice is a middle foundational path for destiny social employees, yet many perform texts specialize in talents whereas neglecting the theoretical foundation for social paintings. Applying idea to Generalist Social paintings Practice fills that hole by way of masking either talents and concept in one text.

  • Examines the functions of winning social theories
  • Covers the commonest theories utilized in micro, mezzo, and macro practice
  • Helps readers comprehend well-established methods like strengths viewpoint, humanistic and client-centered, task-centered, and solution-focused short therapy
  • Shows the right way to practice significant theories together with ecological/system, cognitive/behavioral, clash, empowerment, narrative, predicament, serious, and feminist

An potent social employee acknowledges the hyperlink among conception and perform, and the way the 2 tell one another to culminate within the superior intervention and so much optimistic consequence for the customer. Applying conception to Generalist Social paintings Practice presents scholars with a roadmap to the entire integration of philosophy and alertness in social work.

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Systems often exist to accomplish a common purpose. Families, communities, and organizations are examples of systems of interest to social workers. 1 Key Concepts of Ecological and Systems Theories System An organized entity made up of interrelated and interdependent parts Boundaries Barriers that define a system and distinguish it from other systems in the environment Homeostasis The tendency of a system to resist change and maintain status quo Adaptation The tendency of a system to make the changes needed to protect itself and grow to accomplish its goal Reciprocal Transactions Circular interactions that systems engage in such that they influence one another Feedback Loop The process by which systems self-correct based on reactions from other systems in the environment Microsystem The system closest to the client Mesosystem Relationships among the systems in an environment Exosystem A relationship between two systems that has an indirect effect on a third system Macrosystem A larger system that influences clients, such as policies, administration of entitlement programs, and culture Chronosystem A system composed of significant life events that can affect adaptation Source: Bronfenbrenner, 1979; Germain & Bloom, 1999; Gitterman & Germain, 2008.

Assessment also involves collecting observational data and reviewing past reports or other relevant information that help to formulate a clear understanding. Assessment according to ecological and systems theories suggests information is collected not just about Ecological and Systems Theories the client but also about the client’s reciprocal transactions with the environment. A hospital social worker who conducts discharge planning is responsible for supporting a patient’s transition from inpatient hospitalization back to a home environment.

Reflection of Feelings Briefly restate the emotions expressed by client to validate the feelings and to demonstrate active listening. Reflection of Content (Paraphrase) Briefly restate the content discussed by client to validate the story and to demonstrate active listening. Summarization Organize a section of content by synthesizing the content and moving the interview forward. Advanced Microskills Confrontation Observe and point out contradictions within the interview to increase understanding. Communication of Feelings and Immediacy Share with the client the social worker’s concerns about the situation and the direction of the case.

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