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Empowerment Series: Direct Social Work Practice: Theory and Skills 10th Edition

Dean H. Hepworth | Ronald Rooney | Glenda Dewberry Rooney | Kim Strom-Gottfried

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Considered the classic source by means of the authors' proven learning experiences from the field and its balance of theory and application, DIRECT SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: THEORY AND SKILLS prepares social work students for effective ethical practice. This thorough introduction to practice grounds students in theory while connecting them through vivid examples and vignettes to real-world applications with clients. Many case examples are drawn from social work practitioners as well as the authors' own practice situations. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, the tenth edition thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the CSWE's 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).

Dean H. Hepworth, Emeritus, University of Utah and Arizona State University

Highly respected social work educators, Dean H. Hepworth and Jo Ann Larsen originally defined how direct practice should be taught.

Ronald Rooney, University of Minnesota

Ronald Rooney is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. A practitioner in child welfare, community mental health, and school social work, Dr. Rooney is also the author of STRATEGIES FOR WORK WITH INVOLUNTARY CLIENTS. He was the 2004 winner of the Academic Leadership Award of the College of Human Ecology, University of Minnesota.

Glenda Dewberry Rooney, Augsburg College

Glenda Dewberry Rooney is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Social Work at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in direct practice, ethics, and research as well as courses in organizations and administration. Her practice experience includes child welfare, mental health, and work with families and children. In addition to her practice experience, she has been involved in community-based research and has worked with agencies concerned with children, youth, and families as a trainer and as a clinical, program, and management consultant. Active in retirement, Dr. Rooney continues to be an advocate for child welfare policies and practices that strengthen and support families. She served as a state-wide leader involved in developing community partnerships for the public education during the enrollment periods of the Affordable Care Act.

Kim Strom-Gottfried, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kim Strom-Gottfried is a Professor at the UNC–Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where she teaches in the areas of direct practice, communities and organizations, and human resource management. Dr. Strom-Gottfried's scholarly interests involve ethics, managed care, and social work education. She provides training and consultation and research related to private practice, ethics, and managed care.

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  • The student video demonstrations illustrate important skills and practices described in the book, and enable students to model appropriate behavior without the pressures of facing a client. References to the videos throughout the text help students put each new skill into context. The videos are available through the accompanying MindTap®, which also offers students practice exercises and questions to evaluate their learning and skills.
  • The text balances theory with an emphasis on improving and refining students' assessment, helping, and communication skills. Composed of four parts, it begins by identifying the mission of social work, its values, and knowledge base. The authors then differentiate generalist from direct practice and explore roles of direct practitioners. Common elements among diverse theorists are examined next, followed by key intervention strategies and information about various client population and practice settings.
  • Rather than focusing only on clients' problems, the authors explore how social workers can better assess clients' strengths and integrate those positive attributes into the process.
  • Given social work's unique commitment to working with clients in the context of their environments, the authors place direct practice skills in a current social and policy context.
  • The text is packed with examples and case studies, many of which are drawn from social work practitioners as well as the authors' personal practice situations. Diversity content is integrated throughout, with cases exemplifying diversity in multiple forms. Skill development exercises give students myriad opportunities to put chapter concepts into action.
  • Specific guides to assessing problems -- such as potential for suicide -- and full examples of written assessments help students practice and improve their skills.

Empowerment Series: Direct Social Work Practice: Theory and Skills


1. The Challenges of Social Work.
2. Direct Practice: Domain, Philosophy, and Roles.
3. Overview of the Helping Process.
4. Operationalizing the Cardinal Social Work Values.
5. Building Blocks of Communication: Conveying Empathy and Authenticity.
6. Verbal Following, Exploring, and Focusing Skills.
7. Eliminating Counterproductive Communication Patterns.
8. Assessment: Exploring and Understanding Problems and Strengths.
9. Assessment: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Environmental Factors.
10. Assessing Family Functioning in Diverse Family and Cultural Contexts.
11. Forming and Assessing Social Work Groups.
12. Developing Goals and Formulating a Contract.
13. Planning and Implementing Change-Oriented Strategies.
14. Developing Resources, Organizing, Planning, and Advocacy as Intervention Strategies.
15. Enhancing Family Functioning and Relationships.
16. Intervening in Social Work Groups.
17. Additive Empathy, Interpretation, and Confrontation.
18. Managing Barriers to Change.
19. The Final Phase: Evaluation and Termination.

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