Social Work Skills for Beginning Direct Practice Text, Workbook and Interactive Multimedia Case Studies

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Edition: 4th
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Pub. Date: 2018-03-06
Publisher(s): Pearson
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Guide students through all stages of the helping process and assist them in developing time-tested social work skills. 


Social Work Skills for Beginning Direct Practice: Text, Workbook and Interactive Multimedia Case Studies, Fourth Edition, provides social work students with the social work practice knowledge and skills required for engaging in a successful helping process with clients. The integrated text, workbook, and interactive multimedia cases allow students to explore how to use social work skills in each stage of the helping process—from engagement and intake through termination.

Students learn about attending behaviors, basic interviewing skills such as lead-in responses, paraphrasing, and reflection of feelings, and more advanced skills such as confrontation and summarization. Students then learn how to apply these essential interviewing skills in order to work effectively with diverse client groups. Social work theory, policy, therapeutic approaches, and evaluation techniques are integrated throughout the book to provide the essential elements of direct social work practice. The new edition includes expanded content on cultural competency, cultural awareness, evaluation, and client termination and keeps students up-to-date with the information they need to provide thorough, effective, direct social work practice with diverse client groups.

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Author Biography

Dr. Linda Cummins earned her MSW and PhD from the Ohio State University with a focus on homeless populations, rural women and communities and policy practice. She has been a social work researcher and educator for 25 years in the bricks & mortar, and online environments teaching courses in research methodology, social policy and social welfare, and ethics and diversity; and, conducting research with homeless populations (rural, urban, Appalachian women, poly-addicted severely mentally ill), community partnerships among social service agencies, and technology in social work education. Dr. Cummins has served as chair of many curriculum and technology committees, as an online curriculum designer and consultant, and has presented at national conferences on diversity in social work practice and education, homeless populations and service provision, technology in social work education, and ethic of care for aging populations. Dr. Cummins is author of Policy Practice of Social Workers: New Strategies for a New Era, with co-authors Katherine Byers and Laura Pedrick. Dr. Cummins is currently a professor in the graduate school of Northcentral University where she chairs dissertation committees across disciplines and serves as the co-chair of the Institutional Review Board. She resides on her multigenerational organic farm on the South Coast of Oregon.


Judith Sevel is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (BASW) and Howard University (MSW), and has been a social work practitioner and educator since 1984. She has practiced in the fields of mental health, domestic violence, family and children services, incarcerated juveniles, and people with developmental disabilities. Recently she retired from Illinois State University, after serving as the Director of Field Education for the BSW and MSW programs. While at ISU, Judith taught courses in interviewing and assessment, and Field Seminar classes at all three levels of practice. Judith has been a disaster mental health services volunteer and a facilitator for the Reconnection Workshops for Military Families  through the American Red Cross since 2001.  She is also a certified mediator  in Small Claims, Child Protection, and Divorce and Custody mediation with the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in McLean County, IL. 

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Social Work and the Helping Process

2 Values and Ethics in Social Work

3 Theory-Directed Social Work Practice

4 The Cultural Context of Practice: Using Interviewing Skills Effectively

5 Basic Skills for Direct Practice

6 Advanced Social Work Skills for Direct Practice

7 Common Errors in Direct Practice

8 Intake and Engagement

9 The Assessment Process

10 Problem Identification, Planning, and Contracting

11 Treatment and Intervention

12 Practice Evaluation

13 Termination

Appendix A: Professional Writing and Documentation Guidelines

Appendix B: HIPAA and Confidentiality Issues

Appendix C: Practice Tools: Examples

Appendix D: De-Escalation Techniques

Appendix E: Full Case Studies


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