Reshaping Theory in Contemporary Social Work: Toward a Critical Pluralism in Clinical Practice by William Borden

Reshaping Theory in Contemporary Social Work: Toward a Critical Pluralism in Clinical Practice

byWilliam Borden

Kobo ebook | June 1, 2010

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William Borden's persuasive collection of original essays reaffirms the place of theory in social work practice, showing how different theoretical models, therapeutic languages, and modes of intervention strengthen eclectic and integrative approaches to psychosocial intervention. A distinguished group of scholars and practitioners examine emerging developments in cognitive theory, psychodynamic thought, resilience research and family therapy, psychobiography and narrative perspectives, and conceptions of place and environment in psychosocial intervention. They introduce integrative frameworks for intervention and examine a series of crucial issues in the field, including the role of theory in evidence-based practice, the development of practice wisdom, and the ways in which conceptions of love, acceptance, and social justice influence theorizing and practice.

The contributors to this volume, each one carefully selected, reaffirm the framing perspectives and core values of the social work profession and identify fundamental challenges and tasks in developing theory and practice. Exploring contemporary yet no less essential concerns, they reflect the richness and creativity of theorizing in our time.

William Borden is senior lecturer in the School of Social Service Administration and lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago.
Title:Reshaping Theory in Contemporary Social Work: Toward a Critical Pluralism in Clinical PracticeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231519338

ISBN - 13:9780231519335

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Table of Contents

Part One. Theory and Practice: Orienting Perspectives
1. Taking Multiplicity Seriously: Pluralism, by Pragmatism
William Borden
Part Two. Inner Experience and Outer Realities
2. Why Cognitive Therapy Needs Social Work
Sharon Berlin
3. The Cognitivization of Psychoanalysis: Toward an Integration of Psychodynamic and Cognitive Theories
Jerome C. Wakefield and Judith Baer
4. Social Work, by Psychobiography
James J. Clark
5. Place Matters: Toward a Rejuvenated Theory of Environment for Direct Social Work Practice
Susan P. Kemp
6. Integrating Developmental Theory and Systemic Perspectives: A Family Resilience Framework for Clinical Practice
Froma Walsh
Part Three. Theory by Practice
7. Love and Justice: A Silenced Language of Integrated Practice?
Janet Finn
8. The Role of Theory in Conducting Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
Stanley McCracken and Tina Rzepnicki
9. Practice Theory: Ideas Embedded in a Wise Person's Professional Process
Malcolm Payne
List of Contributors

Editorial Reviews

Any scholar who is serious about understanding and advancing social work theory should read this book.