Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery Across the Lifespan

Hardcover | November 1, 1998

EditorDavid E. Biegel, Arthur Blum

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High rates of poverty and homelessness, especially among women and children; increasing alcohol and drug abuse problems; escalating teen violence; and inadequate services for the chronically mentally ill are just a few of the problems that human service professionals encounter. Unfortunately,traditional approaches and programs often fail these vulnerable populations, particularly since their multiple needs often require a multidimensional approach. New innovations in practice and service delivery are clearly needed, but the current literature is often idiosyncratic, fragmented, and doesnot offer a systematic approach to the issues and problems. Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery Across the Lifespan is the first book in Oxford's new social work series Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with Vulnerable Populations. With chapters written by leading scholars in social work and related fields in mental health and humanservices, it presents an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of innovations in direct practice and service delivery, synthesizing the development and application of knowledge concerning practice and delivery across both problems and populations. This volume allows innovations in directpractice and service which have relevance across problem areas or groups to be shared by students and practitioners dealing with a range of problems across the lifespan. The book is divided into four parts, beginning with a conceptual overview of theory developed by the editors for the analysis of innovations in practice and delivery. The remaining sections focus on children and adolescents, adults and the elderly. Each section defines the relevant population;discusses those issues in practice and service delivery where innovation is needed; presents an overview of the types of innovations which are taking place; and outlines the implications for practice, service delivery, policy and research. The editors' aim is to introduce practitioners and students to innovations that have been successful, including empirical evidence to support their conclusions, and thus to provide them with strategies that they can implement in their own practice and research. Current literature on helpingvulnerable populations is extremely segmented and offers little in the way of systematic, research-bsed analysis of innovations. This books lays out a conceptual framework for doing just this, and offers an analysis of some of the newest techniques for working with people from infancy through oldage. The book is ideal for social work practice theory courses, continuing education for professionals, and as a supplement to practice courses, while individual chapters can be used for specialized practice courses.

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High rates of poverty and homelessness, especially among women and children; increasing alcohol and drug abuse problems; escalating teen violence; and inadequate services for the chronically mentally ill are just a few of the problems that human service professionals encounter. Unfortunately,traditional approaches and programs often f...

David Biegel and Arthur Blum are both at Case Western Reserve University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 0.91 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Part I: Theory and Conceptual Framework1. Francis Turner: Theories of Practice with Vulnerable Populations2. Jack Rothman and JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez: Fostering Innovation in Organization and Creating Innovative Organizations: A Synthesis of Empirical ResearchPart II: Innovation in Practice and Service Delivery with Children and Adolescents3. Lynn Singer, Sonia Minnes, and Robert E. Arendt: Innovations for High Risk Infants4. Victor Groza: Innovations in Adoption5. Julia H. Littell and John R. Schuerman: Innovations in Child Welfare: Preventing Out-of-Home Placement of Abused and Neglected Children6. Raymond P. Lorion, Anne E. Brodsky, and Michelle Colley-Quile: Exposure to Urban Violence: A Framework for Conceputalizing Risky SettingsPart III: Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with Adults7. Phyllis Solomon: The Evolution of Service Innovations for Adults with Severe Mental Illness8. David Braddock: Innovation in Mental Retardation Services9. Allen Zweben and Susan Rose: Innovations in Treating Alcohol Problems10. Innovation in Practice with Homeless Populations: Partnership; in the Struggle for EmpowermentPart IV: Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with the Elderly11. Eva Kahana, Boaz Kahana, and Heidi T. Chirayath: Innovations in Institutional Care from a Patient Responsive Perspective12. Cameron J. Camp and Jeanne M. Mattern: Innovations in Managing Alzheimer's Disease13. David Coon, Richard Schulz, Marcia Ory, and the REACH Study Group: Innovative Intervention Approaches for Alzheimer's Disease CaregiversConclusionAbout the EditorsAbout the Contributors