Social Work Diagnosis in Contemporary Practice

Hardcover | February 8, 2005

EditorFrancis J. Turner

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The unifying theme of this broad-reaching volume is that responsible, ethical, and effective social work practice rests on the diagnostic skills of the practitioner. Social work diagnosis refers to the conscious formulation of an ongoing set of decisions about the client and his or hersituation, which serve as the basis for intervention-decisions for which the practitioner must be prepared to take responsibility. Diagnostic skill development is an ongoing process principally enhanced by a continuous commitment to remain at the cutting edge of the profession's body of knowledge,but one of the challenges for today's practitioner is keeping abreast of the rapidly expanding body of knowledge contained in some 200 important social work periodicals in circulation. Francis J. Turner, a preeminent clinical scholar, brings together in one volume some of the best work publishedsince 2000, each reflecting new insights into understanding psychosocial situations and innovative methods of applying knowledge and skills in an increasingly effective manner. Each of the 78 articles in this volume highlights some of the critical dimensions of contemporary social work practice,guiding clinicians to address four key aspects in order to craft an accurate diagnosis. The first section presents articles covering the developmental spectrum, each of which fully explains various ages and stages of development. The second section focuses on a range of specific situations,helping practitioners and students enrich their understanding of different types of problems they meet in contemporary practice, whether they are based in mental illness, psychosocial issues, or physical ailments. The third section addresses the crucial component of diversity, demonstrating thecomplexity and critical importance of truly understanding clients and their lives. The last section of the book discusses innovative approaches to practice, selected to offer practitioners easy access to the latest interventions for a host of contemporary challenges facing clients and theirtherapists. Broad in scope and tightly focused on the goal of providing the most up-to-date information necessary for accuracy in the diagnostic process, this volume represents some of the best research available to today's social workers.

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The unifying theme of this broad-reaching volume is that responsible, ethical, and effective social work practice rests on the diagnostic skills of the practitioner. Social work diagnosis refers to the conscious formulation of an ongoing set of decisions about the client and his or hersituation, which serve as the basis for interventio...

Francis J. Turner is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:848 pages, 7.28 × 9.88 × 1.5 inPublished:February 8, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Sandra J. Weiss and Mary St. John Seed: Precursors of mental health problems for low birth weight children: the salience of family environment during the first year of life2. Darla L. Henry: Resilient children: What they tell us about coping with maltreatment3. Lauree C. Tilton-Weaver, Erin T. Vitunski and Nancy L. Galambos: Five images of maturity in adolescence: What does "grown up" mean?4. James G. Barber, Floyd Bolitho and Lorne Bertrand: Parent-child synchrony and adolescent adjustment5. Greer Litton Fox, Carol Bruce and Terri Combs-Orme: Parenting expectations and concerns of fathers and mothers of newborn infants6. J. Morgan, D. Robinson and J. Aldridge: Parenting stress and externalizing child behavior7. Shmuel Shulman, Miri Scharf, Daniel Lumer, and Offer Maurer: Parental divorce and young adult children's romantic relationships: Resolutions of the divorce experience8. William Marsiglio, Sally Hutchinson and Mark Cohen: Envisioning fatherhood: A social psychological perspective on young men without kids9. Kathleen A. Kost: The function of fathers: What poor men say about fatherhood10. Deborah Rutman, Susan Strega, Marilyn Callahan and Lena Dominelli: 'Undeserving' mothers? Practitioners' experiences working with young mothers in/from care11. Ruth Anne Van Loon: Redifining motherhood; adaptation to role change for women with AIDS12. David Howe and Julia Feast: The long-term outcome of reunions between adult adopted people and their birth mothers13. Karen March and Charlen Miall: Adoption as a family form14. Kate Wilson, Ian Sinclair and Ian Gibbs: The trouble with foster care: The impact of stressful 'events' on foster carers15. Michael C. LaSala: The importance of partners to lesbian intergenerational relationships16. Frank Muscarella: The evolution of homoerotic behavior in humans17. Peter S. Theodore and Susan A. Basow: Heterosexual males: A group forgotten by the profession of social work18. Deborah P. Waldorp and Joseph A. Weber: From grandparents to care giver: The stress and satisfaction of raising grandchilren19. Joseph A. Weber and Deborah P. Waldorp: Grandparents raising grandchildren: Families in transition20. Cheryl D. Lee and Louanne Bakk: Later-life transitions into widowhood21. Elizabeth MacKinlay: Understanding the ageing process: A developmental perspective of the psychosocial and spiritual dimensions22. Ronit D. Leichtentritt: Values underlying end-of-life decisions: A qualitative approachPart II: Problem as a Component of Diagnosis. A. Problems with a Mental Illness Basis23. Natalie J. Yeschin: A new understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Alternate concepts and interventions24. Dana Becker: When she was bad: Borderline personality disorder in a posttraumatic age25. Caron Zlotnick, Jill Mattia and Mark Zimmerman: Clinical features of survivors of sexual abuse with major depression26. Donna M. Mahoney: Panic disorder and self states: clinical and research illustrations27. Dianne W. Trumbull: Obsessive-compulsive symptomatology: A goal-directed response to anticipated traumatization?28. Catherine N. Dulmus and Nancy J. Smyth: Early-onset schizophrenia: A literature review of empirically-based interventionsB. Problems of a Psychosocial Nature29. Bonnie Brandl and Deborah L. Horan: Domestic violence in later life: An overview for health care providers30. Deborah Fisk, Michael Rowe, Dori Laub, Lisa Calvocoressi and Kathleen DeMino: Homeless persons with mental illness and their families: Emerging issues from clinical work31. Joseph Walsh: Shyness and social phobia: A social work perspective on a problem in living32. Sophia F. Dziegielewski and Jamie A. Eater: Smoking cessation: Increasing practice understanding and time-limited intervention strategy33. Shari A. Sinwelski and Linda Vinton: Stalking: The constant threat of violence34. Faye Mishna, Beverly J. Antle and Cheryl Regehr: Social work with clients comteplating suicide: Complexity and ambiguity in the clinical, ethical, and legal considerations35. Bruce Greyson: Posttraumatic stress symptoms following near-death experiences36. James Garbarino: Lost boys: Why our sons turn violent and how we can save themC. Problems with a Physical Basis37. Charles A. Emlet and Kathleen J. Farkas: A descriptive analysis of older adults with HIV/AIDS in California38. Hasida Ben-Zur, Batya Rappaport, Ronny Ammar and Gideon Uretzky: Coping strategies, life style changes, and pessimsm after open-heart surgery39. Miguel O. Aguayo and Nick F. Coady: The experience of deafened adults: Implications for rehabilitation services40. Vaughn A. DeCoster: Challenges of Type 2 diabetes and role of health care social work: A neglected area of practice41. Judith Dobrof, Arlene Dolinko, Elena Lichtiger, Jaime Uribarri and Irwin Epstein: 42. Dorothea Marie Epple: Senile dimentia of the Alzheimer typePart III. Elements of Diversity to be Addressed in Our Diagnosis43. Femi Ojo-Ade: Africans and racisms in the New Millennium44. Anna Y. Nobles and Daniel T. Sciarra: Cultural determinants in the treatment of Arab Americans: A primer for mainstream therapists45. Cecilia Chan, Petula Sik Ying Ho and Esther Chow: A body-mind-spirit model in health: An Eastern approach46. David R. Hodge: Does social work oppress Evangelical Christians? A "new class" of society and social work47. Anne K. Carruth and Cynthia A. Logan: Depressive symptoms in farm women: Effects of health status and farming life style characteristics, behaviors and beliefs48. Kathleen Valtonen: Social work with immigrants and refugees: Developing a participation-based framework for anti-oppressive practice49. Donna E. Hurdle: Native Hawaiian traditional healing: Culturally based interventions for social work practice50. Robert G. Malgady and Luis H. Zayas: Cultural and linguistic considerations in psychodiagnosis with Hispanics: The need for an empirically informed process model51. Joanne Levine: Working with victims of persecution: Lessons from Holocaust survivors52. Cora Vellekoop Baldock: Migrants and their parents: Care giving from a distance53. Ronald E. Hall: Biracial sensitive practice: Expanding social services to an invisible population54. Kevin Avruch: Constructing ethnicity: Culture and ethnic conflict in the New World Disorder55. S. Sudha and Elizabeth J. Mutran: Race and ethnicity, nativity and issues of health care56. James E. Dobbins and Judith H. Skillings: Racism as a clinical syndrome57. Terry B. Northcut: Constructing a place for religion and spirituality in psychodynamic practice58. Michael Sheppard: Mental health and social justice: Gender, race and psychological consequences of unfairness59. Nancy A. Ryan-Wenger: Impact of the threat of war on children in military families60. Andrew I. Batavia and Richard L. Beaulaurier: Part IV. What Does Our Diagnosis Lead Us to Do?61. Guylaine Racine and Odile Sevigny: Changing the rules: A board game lets homeless women tell their stories62. Verba Fanolis: The use of crisis teams in response to violent or critical incidents in schools63. Ann Goelitz: Nurturing life with dreams: Therapeutic dream work with cancer patients64. Howard Protinsky, Jennifer Sparks and Kimberly Flemke: Using eye movement desensitization to enhance treatment of couples65. Jim Lantz: Depression, existential family therapy, and Victor Frankl's dimensional ontology66. Faye Mishna, Barbara Muskat, and Gerald Schamess: Food for thought: The use of food in group therapy with children and adolescents67. Donna Hurdle: "Less is best"-- a group-based treatment program for persons with personality disorders68. Ming-sum Tsui: The harm reduction approach revisited: An international perspective69. Christina E. Newhill and Edward W. Sites: Identifying human remains following an air disaster: The role of social work70. Leah Lipton: Long distance psychoanalysis71. F. Diane Barth: Money as a tool for negotiating separateness and connectedness in the therapeutic relationship72. Cigal Knei-Paz and David S. Ribner: A narrative perspective on "doing" for multiproblem families73. Helen Ebenstein and Jennifer Wortham: The value of pets in geriatric practice: A program example74. Scott E. Rutledge, Roger A. Roffman, Christine Mahoney, Joseph F. Picciana, James P. Berghuis, and Seth C. Kalichman: Motivational enhancement counseling strategies in delivering a telephone-based brief HIV prevention intervention75. Herbert S. Stream: Resolving therapeutic impasses by using the supervisor's countertransference76. Donald A. Gordon: Parent training via CD-ROM: Using technology to dessiminate effective prevention practices77. Donald N. Noble, Kathleen Perkins and Marian Fatout: On being a strength coach: Child welfare and the strengths model78. David Derezotes: Evaluation of yoga and meditation with adolescent sex offenders

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"This reference of 782 narrative pages extends over a breadth of diverse topics relevant to social work diagnosis and hence practice...a significant addition to any social worker's professional library."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare