The Life Model Of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and Practice by Alex GittermanThe Life Model Of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and Practice by Alex Gitterman

The Life Model Of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and Practice

byAlex Gitterman, Carel Germain

Hardcover | May 27, 2008

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Originally published in 1980, this seminal work was the first to introduce an ecological perspective into social work practice. The third edition expands and deepens this perspective, further developing the basic premise that, by being situated within the people:environment interface, the social work profession is distinct from other service professions. The book presents the "what" (theories and concepts) and the "how" (practice methods) to help people with their life stressors and, simultaneously, to influence communities, organizations, and policymakers to be more responsive to them.

In this edition, Gitterman and Germain examine major changes to our socioeconomic and political landscape. They restore a chapter on the history of social work practice, offering a view of the limited services for African Americans provided by settlements and charity organization societies. Building on the African American self-help and mutual aid traditions, this chapter traces the replication of a parallel social service system by African American leaders for their own communities. The chapter also addresses the impact of contemporary societal trends, including the global economy, immigration, cultural changes, and the technology revolution. In addition, it discusses current professional contexts of managed mental health care, evidence-based practice, and the professional uses of technology.

A new chapter explores issues and processes embedded in assessment, practice monitoring, and practice evaluation. The volume continues to feature innovative schema for assessment and intervention with respect to stressful life transitions and traumatic events, environmental pressures, and dysfunctional interpersonal processes. Practice illustrations offer reflections of today's major social issues, such as AIDS, homelessness, and modern forms of violence.

Alex Gitterman is Zachs professor and director of the doctoral program at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. He is the coeditor of Mutual Aid, Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, and the Life Cycle, Third Edition, and author of The Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, Second E...
Title:The Life Model Of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and PracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:632 pagesPublished:May 27, 2008Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231139985

ISBN - 13:9780231139984

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart 1: Overview1. Social Work Practice and Its Historical Traditions2. The Ecological Perspective3. The Life Model of Social Work Practice: An Overview4. Assessment, Practice Monitoring, and Practice EvaluationPart 2: The Helping Process in Life-Modeled PracticeInitial Phase5. Preparation: Settings, Modalities, Methods, and Skills6. Beginnings: Settings, Modalities, Methods, and SkillsOngoing Phase7. Helping Individuals, Families, and Groups with Stressful Life Transitions and Traumatic Events8. Helping Individuals, Families, and Groups with Environmental Stressors9. Helping with Dysfunctional Family Processes10. Helping with Dysfunctional Group Processes11. Reducing Interpersonal Stress Between Worker and ClientEnding Phase12. Endings: Settings, Modalities, Methods, and SkillsPart 3: Life-Modeled Practice at Community, Organization, and Political Levels13. Influencing Community and Neighborhood Life14. Influencing the Practitioner's Organization15. Influencing Legislation, Regulations, and Electoral PoliticsAppendix A: Individual, Family, and Group AssessmentsAppendix B: Practice Monitoring: Records of ServiceAppendix C: Practice Monitoring: Critical IncidentsNotesReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

Alex Gitterman and the late Carel B. Germain are seminal thinkers on this topic, and their extremely comprehensive, scholarly text is a refreshing break from many of the social work practice texts that are available. Its scholarship is first-rate.