Social Work and Social Development: Theories and Skills for Developmental Social Work by James MidgleySocial Work and Social Development: Theories and Skills for Developmental Social Work by James Midgley

Social Work and Social Development: Theories and Skills for Developmental Social Work

EditorJames Midgley, Amy Conley

Hardcover | May 21, 2010

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Social workers have been involved in social development for many years, but it is only recently that these ideas have been explicitly applied to social work practice. The result is that a new and distinctive approach to social work practice known as developmental social work has emerged.Developmental social work emphasizes the role of social investment in professional practice. These investments meet the material needs of social work's clients and facilitate their full integration into the social and economic life of the community. Developmental social workers believe that clientstrengths and capabilities need to be augmented with public resources and services if those served by the profession are to live productive and fulfilling lives. Although developmental social work is inspired by international innovations, particularly in the developing countries, it highly relevantto practice in the United States and other Western nations. In the first book to lay out a clear framework for developmental social work practice, chapters will focus on the traditional fields of social work practice, showing how social investment strategies can be adopted by social workers in their daily practice with populations including families andchildren, people with mental illness, homeless youth, people with disabilities, the elderly, and those in the correctional system. By facilitating clients' full social and economic participation through a variety of strategies, such as microenterprise or asset-building programs, practitioners canhelp bring about meaningful changes in clients' lives and throughout their communities.The editors and contributors offer a highly original exposition of developmental social work theory and practice, providing a definitive guide to an emerging and exciting new approach to practice.
James Midgley, PhD, is Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services and Dean Emeritus of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Amy Conley, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University.
Title:Social Work and Social Development: Theories and Skills for Developmental Social WorkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:May 21, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199732329

ISBN - 13:9780199732326

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Table of Contents

PrefaceContributorsJames Midgley and Amy Conley: IntroductionPart I: The Developmental Perspective in Social Work1. James Midgley: The Theory and Practice of Developmental Social WorkPart II: Social Investment Strategies and Social Work Fields of Practice2. Amy Conley: Social Development, Social Investment and Child Welfare3. Nancy Giunta: Productive Aging and Social Development4. Social Investment and Mental Health: The Role of Social Enterprise5. Jennifer Knapp and James Midgley: Developmental Social Work and People with Disabilities6. James Midgley: Poverty, Social Assistance and Social Investment7. Will C. Rainford: Crime, Social Investment and Correctional Social Work8. Kristin Ferguson: Social Development, Social Enterprise and Homeless Youth9. James Midgley: Community Practice and Developmental Social WorkPart III: Conclusion10. James Midgley and Amy Conley: Limitations and Prospects of Developmental Social WorkIndex