Higher Education

The Generalist Model of Human Services Practice, 1st Edition

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  • Grafton H. Hull University of Utah
  • Karen K. Kirst-Ashman University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • ISBN-10: 0534512739  |  ISBN-13: 9780534512736
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004
  • © 2004 | Published
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This comprehensive book offers the student a readable introduction to human service practice with a specific focus on the generalist model commonly applied in the field. Providing a systems framework infused with the core values of the profession, along with numerous examples, the book gives students a flavor of what it is like to work in the human services. It also provides knowledge, skills, and values needed for successful practice in this enormously diverse profession.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Generalist Practice: The Generalist Intervention Model.
2. Values and Ethics in Human Service Practice.
3. Culturally Competent Human Service Practice.
4. Gender-Sensitive Human Service Practice.
5. Engagement and Assessment in Generalist Practice.
6. Planning in Generalist Practice.
7. Implementation Applications.
8. Evaluation and Termination.
9. Working with Individuals.
10. Understanding Families.
11. Working with Families.
12. Human Service Generalist Practice with Groups.
13. Working with Organizations and Communities.
14. Human Service Advocacy.
15. Brokering and Case Management.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"This manuscript is much broader and much deeper than any intro to human services text that I know. Its vocabulary is extensive and at a higher level; it is more solidly theoretical; it is more studded withexamples and cases. I would adopt it in a minute..."

— Lynn McKinney, University of Rhode Island

"(This text) is different from any text I have used. No text I have used looks at the three levels of helping as well as this one and none looks at gender issues and feminism so specifically... The writing is excellent throughout the manuscrip...I enjoyed reading it and I know my students would like it. I’d say the most exciting thing about this text is the way it gives the reader a picture of how problems can be addressed effectively on different levels at the same time. It challenges students to think critically because so many case examples illustrate the complex relationships between environmental context and client problems. The content is a nice mix of theory and practical application of skills. Few books look at change so broadly. It will convince students that they are entering an exciting and challenging profession."

— Mary Kay Kreider, St. Louis Community College


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Grafton H. Hull

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.

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman

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 been the recipient of both the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her BSW degree and MSSW degree 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.