Social Work Practice: A Critical Thinkers Guide

Hardcover | November 1, 2012

byEileen Gambrill

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The first textbook to emphasize the importance of critical thinking skills to practice, this third edition of the classic Social Work Practice retains its unique focus on thinking critically about decisions that social workers make daily. Organized around the phases of helping, this hands-onintroduction highlights the decision points that social workers encounter during assessment, intervention, and evaluation. This text, together with its companion website, provides students with a wealth of hands-on exercises for developing and assessing their practice skills. Most importantly, ithelps students enhance client well-being by becoming critical thinkers and evidence-informed practitioners.

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The first textbook to emphasize the importance of critical thinking skills to practice, this third edition of the classic Social Work Practice retains its unique focus on thinking critically about decisions that social workers make daily. Organized around the phases of helping, this hands-onintroduction highlights the decision points t...

Eileen Gambrill, PhD, is the Hutto Patterson Charitable Foundation Professor in Child and Family Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:768 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199757259

ISBN - 13:9780199757251

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Social Workers at WorkPart I. Getting Oriented1. Social Work: An Introduction2. Clients and Services3. Values, Ethics, and ObligationsPart II. Thinking about Knowledge and How to Get it4. Different Views of Knowledge5. Critical Thinking: Integral to Evidence-Based PracticePart III. Thinking about Problems and Causes6. Competing Views of Personal and Social Problems and Their Causes7. Taking Advantage of Research Findings about Behavior and How it is Influenced by the EnvironmentPart IV. A Decision-Focused Practice Model8. Problem Solving and Decision Making: Integral to Helping Clients9. Evidence-Based Practice: A Decision-Making Process and Philosophy10. Posing Questions and Searching for Answers11. Critically Appraising Research: Thinking for YourselfPart V. Getting Started12. A Contextual Assessment Framework13. Beginning: A Practice Guide14. Engaging ClientsPart VI. Relationship Skills15. Interpersonal Helping Skills16. Creating and Handling Challenging Social SituationsPart VII. Gathering and Organizing Information17. Where to Look: Deciding How to Gather Needed Information18. Observation: Learning to See19. Reviewing Resources and Obstacles20. Putting it All TogetherPart VIII. Selecting Plans and Assessing Progress21. Selecting and Implementing Service Plans22. Evaluating Outcomes as Integral to Problem Solving23. Planning for EndingsPart IX. Intervention Options24. Empowering Clients: Providing Information and Skill Building25. Helping Clients Learn Positive Behavior Change Skills26. Working with Groups and Families27. Organizations and CommunitiesPart X. The Long Run28. Maintaining Skills and Staying Happy in Your WorkReferencesIndex