Social Work with Children and Their Families: Pragmatic Foundations

Hardcover | August 27, 2003

byChristopher G. Petr

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An extensively revised version of the first edition, this text focuses on the practical foundational knowledge required to practice social work effectively in the complex and fast-changing world of services to children and their families. The core organizing framework consists of eightpragmatic perspectives: combating adultcentrism, family-centered practice, the strengths perspective, respect for diversity and difference, the least restrictive alternative, ecological perspective, organization and financing, and achieving outcomes. Unlike most texts that focus either on directpractice or on policy, Petr's revised volume integrates current policy-including recent reform efforts-with "best practices." The student thus gains a deep appreciation for how direct social work practice is linked to, and even guided by, contemporary policy initiatives and the values thatunderscore those initiatives. Two new chapters are devoted specifically to the fields of child welfare and children's mental health, providing an overview of the laws, policies, practices, and terminology pertaining to each setting. The next eight chapters focus on each pragmatic perspective and its relevance to child welfare and children's mental health. The in-depth case studies that comprise the concluding two chapters illustrate how typical client situations can be successfully addressed within the context of the pragmatic perspectives. Packed with case studies, specific practice instruction, chapter summaries, and suggested learning activities,this book prepares students and practitioners to think and act professionally in ways that are consistent with current laws, values, policies, and reform efforts in the field.

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An extensively revised version of the first edition, this text focuses on the practical foundational knowledge required to practice social work effectively in the complex and fast-changing world of services to children and their families. The core organizing framework consists of eightpragmatic perspectives: combating adultcentrism, f...

Christopher G. Petr is at University of Kansas.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 7.2 × 10.12 × 0.91 inPublished:August 27, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195157559

ISBN - 13:9780195157550

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PrefaceUNIT 11. Introduction to Social Work in Child and Family Settings2. Social Work in Child Welfare Settings3. Social Work with Children and Families in Children's Mental Health SettingsUNIT 24. Pragmatic Perspective #1: Combating Adultcentrism5. Pragmatic Perspective #2: Family-Centered Practice6. Pragmatic Perspectives #3: Strengths Perspective7. Pragmatic Perspective #4: Respect for Diversity and Difference8. Pragmatic Perspectives #5 Least Restrictive Alternative (LRA)9. Pragmatic Perspective #6: Ecological Perspective10. Pragmatic Perspectives #7: Organization and Financing11. Pragmatic Perspective #8: Achieving OutcomesUNIT 312. Connections: Case Examples from Child Welfare13. Connections: Case Examples from Mental Health