Higher Education

Case Studies in Generalist Practice, 3rd Edition

  • Robert F. Rivas Siena College
  • Grafton H. Hull, Jr. University of Utah
  • ISBN-10: 0534521401  |  ISBN-13: 9780534521400
  • 224 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2000, 1996
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $133.50



This book is a compilation of real cases submitted by social workers and faculty teaching social work courses. The cases help students understand how clients, issues, and agencies interact, as well as see how that understanding connects with the actual "doing" of generalist social work practice. The cases reflect a broad range of courses in the social work curriculum and the most current CSWE standards.

Table of Contents

General Questions to Assist in Case Analysis.
1. The Case of Trent.
2. The Case of Trent Revisited: A Single Subject Research Design.
3. The Young Bears.
4. Nalani Ethel: Social Work with a Hawaiian Woman and Her Family.
5. Saundra Santiago.
6. The Case of Mrs. Miller: A Long Engagement.
7. Late Night with Bea Rosen.
8. Substance Abuse as Problem or Symptom: The Smith Family.
9. Una Rosa.
10. Personal Growth and Self-Esteem through Cultural Spiritualism: A Native American Experience.
11. In the Best Interest of the Child.
12. Between Two Worlds.
13. Sally's Saga.
14. Brad: Consequences of a Dysfunctional Family.
15. A Visit to Dwight's Hollow.
16. No Mad Dog Looks: Group Work and Mediating Differences.
17. Deanna's Dilemma.
18. Ari and Simone: Notes from the Group.
19. Project Homeless.
20. Transitional Homes for Young Street Mothers.
21. The Appointment Letters.
22. The Evergreen Boys Ranch: A Story about Jack and Diane.
23. The Willow River Developmental Disabilities Center.
24. Self-Disclosure and Client Discrimination.
25. Managing Margaret's Care.
26. From Case to Cause: My Name is Jess Overton.
27. Community Work with Refugees.
28. When Life Changes in an Instant.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"This textbook is one that provides real case examples so that students can see how theory is applied to practice. It does an excellent job of covering culturally appropriate interventions with diverse clients."

— Cheryl Waites, North Carolina State University

"... a book with real case examples that includes a guide to help the instructor maximize use of each scenario. The examples follow CSWE’s accreditation standards and require students to think about social work values and ethics, social and economic justice, and consider the needs of populations-at-risk."

— Robyn Snider, Jacksonville State University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert F. Rivas

Robert Rivas received his M.S.W. from Arizona State University with an area of concentration in direct practice with individuals, families and groups, and a Post Masters Certificate in Social Work Education from Tulane University. He has been a professor in the Social Work department at Siena College since 1980. Bob has also taught at SUNY-Albany, Southern Vermont College, Minot State University and Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribal College. Bob's practice areas include family and children's services and group work. In addition to this publication, Bob has co-authored a group book for Allyn and Bacon. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council on Social Work Education.

Grafton H. Hull, Jr.

Grafton Hull is Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah College of Social Work. He founded and directed the College's BSW Program. He has 38 years of experience teaching at BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. levels. His practice experience includes work in human service agencies providing mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice programs. He holds a BS in sociology, an MSW, and a doctorate in education (counseling, guidance, and personnel services). Hull is the co-author of eight texts and numerous articles in social work journals. He has served on the CSWE Board of Directors, Commission on Accreditation, and Nominations Committee; and as a President of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), from which he received the Significant Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. His biography is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA.