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Techniques and Guidelines for Social Work Practice, 9th Edition

By Bradford W. Sheafor, Charles R. Horejsi

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 25, 2011

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This unique text emphasizes the many different techniques needed for successful social work practice.


Parts I and II provide knowlege, values, and competencies for effective social work practice, while Parts III through V contain 144 clear and readable descriptions of practice techniques, presented in a handbook format for convenient accessibility of information.


Table of Contents





1. The Domain of the Social Work Profession

The Social Work Domain

An Overview of Social Work Practice


2. Merging Person with Profession

Selecting Social Work as a Career

Establishing Oneself as a Social Worker

The Interplay of One's Personal and Professional Lives

A Fitness Program for the Social Worker

Having Fun in Social Work


3. Merging the Person's Art with the Profession's Science

The Social Worker as Artist

The Social Worker as Scientist




4. The Roles and Functions Performed by Social Workers

Identifying Professional Roles


5. Guiding Principles for Social Workers

Principles that Focus on the Social Worker

Principles that Guide Practice Activities


6. Practice Frameworks for Social Work

Requirements of a Practice Framework

Guidelines for Selecting a Practice Framework

Selected Practice Perspectives

Selected Practice Theories and Models


7. Using Evidence to Guide the Change Process

Evidence-Based Practice

Critical Thinking When Making Practice Decisions

Guiding the Planned Change Process

The Context of Planned Change

Identifying the Actors in Planned change

Phases of the Planned Change Process




8. Basic Communication and Helping Skills

Creating an Effective Helping Relationship

Verbal Communication Skills

Nonverbal Communication Skills

Helping Skills

Enhancing Client Motivation

Understanding Emotions and Feelings

Responding to Defensive Communication

Elements of Professional Behavior

Making Ethical Decisions

Applying Cultural Competence to Helping


9. Basic Skills for Agency Practice

Written Reports and Correspondence

Effective Telephone Communications

Using Information Technology

Client Records and Documentation

Managing Time and Workload




10. Intake and Engagement


Section A. Techniques and Guidelines for Direct Practice

Section B. Techniques and Guidelines for Indirect Practice


11. Data Collection and Assessment

Section A. Techniques and Guidelines for Direct Practice

Section B. Techniques and Guidelines for Indirect Practice


12. Planning and Contracting.

Section A. Techniques and Guidelines for Direct Practice.

Section B. Techniques and Guidelines for Indirect Practice.


13. Intervention and Monitoring

Section A. Techniques and Guidelines for Direct Practice

Section B. Techniques and Guidelines for Indirect Practice


14. Evaluation and Termination

Section A. Techniques and Guidelines for Direct Practice

Section B. Techniques and Guidelines for Indirect Practice




15. Guidelines for Working With Vulnerable Client Groups

The Client Who Is Experiencing Poverty

The Client Who Is a Child

The Client Who Is an Adolescent

The Client Who is a Parent or Grandparent

The Client Who Is an Older Person

The Client Who Is A Battered Woman

The Client Who Is at Risk of Suicide

The Client with an Intellectual Disability

The Client with Brain Injury

The Client with a Serious Physical Disability

The Client Who Is Chemically Dependent

The Client with a Serious Mental Illness

The Client on Psychotropic Medication

The Client Who is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender

The Client with an Eating Disorder

The Client Experiencing Grief or Loss

The client with Concerns Related to Spirituality and Religion

The Client Who is Affected by War

The Client Who is an Immigrant or Refugee

The Client or Community Experiencing an Emergency or Disaster


16. Techniques for Sustaining Social Work Practice

Getting a Social Work Job

Preparing for Social Work Competency Exams

Developing Self-Awareness

Avoiding Compassion Fatigue and Stress Management

Dealing with Sexual Misconduct

Avoiding Malpractice Suits

Testifying in Court

Giving and Receiving Supervision

Building and Maintaining Mentoring Relationships

Consuming and Contributing to Professional Knowledge

Improving the Social Work Image

Becoming a Leader


Appendix A: Acronyms Commonly Used in Social Work

Appendix B: Retired Techniques and Guidelines from Prior Editions

Author Index

Subject Index

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ISBN-10: 0-205-83875-8

ISBN-13: 978-0-205-83875-2

Format: Alternate Binding

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