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Empowerment Series: Understanding Generalist Practice 8th Edition

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman | Grafton H. Hull

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Organized around the cohesive Generalist Intervention Model, this guide to generalist social work practice incorporates the knowledge, skills, and professional values needed to work with individuals and families, as well as the foundation to work with groups, communities, and organizations. Updated with new material on empathy, interdisciplinary collaboration, and working with LGBTQ clients and adults with disabilities, the eighth edition focuses on micro levels of social work practice while also discussing the interrelationship among the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, UNDERSTANDING GENERALIST PRACTICE includes content related to the latest CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman is Professor Emerita and former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles and reviews on social work and women's issues. She also has served on the Editorial Board of AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, and as a consulting editor for many social work journals including the Journal of Social Work Education. Dr. Kirst-Ashman has been a member on the Board of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor on various occasions. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. She has received both the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her B.S.W. and M.S.S.W. degrees at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies.

Grafton H. Hull, University of Utah

Grafton H. Hull, Jr. (BS, MSW, PhD) has taught at Fort Knox Community College, Morningside College, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Missouri State University, Indiana University Northwest, and, most recently, the University of Utah. He has been a faculty member, department chair, program director, director of a school of social work, and Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Accreditation. Among other professional activities, he has served on the CSWE Board of Directors, Commission on Accreditation, Nominations Committee, and as a President of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD). Dr. Hull has been a consultant to over 50 social work programs in the U.S. and Canada and a member of the editorial board or consulting editor for several journals. He is the co-author of seven texts and numerous articles in social work journals. Hull's honors include the Mary Shields McPhee Memorial Award for Faculty Excellence in Research (Utah), Significant Lifetime Achievement Award (BPD), Social Work Educator of the Year (Wisconsin CSWE), and President's Medal of Honor (BPD). His biography is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA and WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD.

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  • Although much of the book relates to micro-level skills and practice that form the basis for working with groups, organizations, and communities (e.g., relationship-building, interviewing, and problem-solving), the authors also emphasize how micro, mezzo, and macro skills can be interlinked -- a key idea in most courses.
  • The Generalist Intervention Model provides a rational and coherent step-by-step approach for implementing planned change. As a unifying framework, the model helps students make sense of the breadth and depth of the social work profession.
  • "Highlights" throughout every chapter summarize practical information related to the chapter content, or present mini-cases and examples illustrating a topic under discussion. For instance, "Highlights" in Chapter 7 cover physical indicators of physical abuse, major concepts in crisis intervention, helping people cope with grief and loss, managed care and its effect on practice, and other topics. "Highlights" in Chapter 9 include case examples illustrating conflict between verbal and nonverbal communication, life within a blended family, and communication problems within a marriage.
  • Ethics coverage is incorporated throughout the book. Chapter 11, "Values, Ethics, and the Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas," exposes students to many of the common ethical challenges that professional social workers may encounter throughout their careers.
  • Compelling, reality-based examples illustrate how skills can be applied in real social work settings. Critical thinking is discussed and stressed throughout the book with thought-provoking questions about generalist practice and vital social work issues.

Empowerment Series: Understanding Generalist Practice

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Introducing Generalist Practice: The Generalist Intervention Model.
2. Practice Skills for Working with Individuals.
3. Practice Skills for Working with Groups.
4. Skills for Working with Organizations and Communities.
5. Engagement and Assessment in Generalist Practice.
6. Planning in Generalist Practice.
7. Examples of Implementation in Generalist Practice.
8. Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up in Generalist Practice.
9. Understanding Families: Family Assessment.
10. Working with Families.
11. Values, Ethics, and the Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas.
12. Culturally Competent Social Work Practice.
13. Gender-Sensitive Social Work Practice.
14. Advocacy.
15. Brokering and Case Management.
16. Recording in Generalist Social Work Practice.

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