A practical approach to understanding social work concepts in action that integrates theory and practice In this updated edition of the classic social work text, students and instructors have access to real-world demonstrations of how social work theories and concepts can be applied in practice. The case studies in this book bridge the gap between the classroom and the field by allowing students to discover the when, why, and how of social work principles. Brief but comprehensive topic overviews are brought to life by case studies that apply general theories to the work of social work. Each of the book's nine sections cover an essential area of social work, encompassing the micro, mezzo, and macro levels Highly readable explanations are followed by 3-5 case studies relating theory to the living practice of real social workers Topics include Generalist Practice; Family Therapy, Treatment of Adults; and Diversity Approaching each topic from a variety of different theoretical bases, this essential text allow students to learn by concrete example, experiencing social work concepts as they are applied in the profession today.
Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) and Case Studies Crosswalk xi Case Study Topic Areas Matrix xv Preface xix Acknowledgments xxiii About the Editor xxv Contributors xxvii Part I Case Studies in Generalist Practice 1 Case Study 1-1 Using the Ecological Model in Generalist Practice: Life Transitions in Late Adulthood 5 Shirley Patterson, Jan Jess, and Craig Winston LeCroy Case Study 1-2 Finding Resources: Case Management With Childhood Chronic Illness 13 Kathy L. Lortie Case Study 1-3 A Strengths-Focused Approach to Community Development 21 Jeannine K. Chapelle Part II Case Studies in Integrating Theory and Practice 31 Case Study 2-1 Social Work Practice From an Ecological Perspective 35 Barbra Teater Case Study 2-2 Social Learning Theory in the Treatment of Phobic Disorders 45 Bruce A. Thyer Case Study 2-3 Relational Theory With a Young Adult Experiencing Interpersonal Problems 55 Joseph Walsh Case Study 2-4 Using a Family Systems Approach With the Adoptive Family of a Child With Special Needs 65 Martha Morrison Dore Part III Case Studies in Child and Family Welfare 75 Case Study 3-1 Clinical Social Work in an Interdisciplinary Team: An Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Case 79 Catherine Sammons Case Study 3-2 Family Drug Court 87 Chris Swenson-Smith and Yesenia Campos Case Study 3-3 Child Welfare Supervision Case Study 97 Cynthia A. Lietz Case Study 3-4 Challenging the Tradition: In Some Families, Violence Is a Way of Life 107 Steven Krugman Part IV Case Studies in Family Therapy 113 Case Study 4-1 Homebuilders: Helping Families Stay Together 115 Nancy Wells Gladow, Peter J. Pecora, and Charlotte Booth Case Study 4-2 Humanizing the Impossible Case: Engaging the Power of a Family–Larger Systems Intervention 129 Jay Lappin and John VanDeusen Case Study 4-3 Completing Brad’s Dreams 137 David Eddy Part V Case Studies in Treating Adult Problems 141 Case Study 5-1 Nightshift 143 Carl Oekerman Case Study 5-2 Individual Treatment of Depression Using Cognitive Therapy 151 Brent B. Geary Case Study 5-3 Jasmika, the Docs, and Me: A Short Story With a Happy Ending About Partnership, Collaboration, Social Work, and Psychiatric Medication 159 Kia J. Bentley Case Study 5-4 Beyond Just Words: Multisensory Interventions Can Heighten Therapy’s Impact 171 Danie Beaulieu Case Study 5-5 Treatment of Depression and Coping With Chronic Pain Through Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement 181 Amber Kelly and Eric Garland Part VI Case Studies in Preventing Problems and Developing Resourcefulness 189 Case Study 6-1 A Group-Based Approach to Stress Management 191 Randy Magen Case Study 6-2 Mediation and Facilitation: Alternatives to the Adversarial Process of Conflict Resolution in Child Welfare Cases 205 Susan K. Parnell Case 6-3 Project Home Base: How Berto Came Indoors After 20 Years of Sidewalk Sleeping 217 Catherine Sammons Case Study 6-4 Treating Geriatric Depression in the Context of Caregiving 225 Kristen Gustavson Case Study 6-5 The Go Grrrls Program: Universal Prevention for Early Adolescent Girls 235 Craig Winston LeCroy Part VII Case Studies in Group Work 249 Case Study 7-1 A Mutual Aid Support Group for Persons With AIDS in Early Substance Abuse Recovery 253 Lawrence Shulman Case Study 7-2 A Group for Relatives and Friends of the Institutionalized Aged 267 Toby Berman-Rossi and Alex Gitterman Case Study 7-3 A Social Skills Group for Children 281 Craig Winston LeCroy Case Study 7-4 Group Work With Men Who Batter 291 Richard M. Tolman and Larry Bennett Part VIII Case Studies in Diversity 301 Case Study 8-1 The Case of Ruth and Janice 305 Deana F. Morrow and Frances E. Tack Case Study 8-2 Counseling an Interracial Couple 313 Man-Keung Ho Case Study 8-3 Working With the Urban Poor 319 Myrtle Parnell and Jo VanderKloot Case Study 8-4 Highlighting the Role of Cross-Cultural Competence in Ethically Sound Practice 329 Kathleen Cox, Nancy Sullivan, Jennifer Reiman, and Cher Vang Part IX Case Studies in Using Practice Evaluation 337 Case Study 9-1 Evaluating the Treatment of a Sexually Assaulted Child 341 Betty J. Blythe Case Study 9-2 Doing Family Therapy With an Acting-Out Adolescent: Using Rapid Assessment Tools in Clinical Practice 349 Kevin Corcoran and Kristin Beers Case Study 9-3 Practice Evaluation Methods: Practical Variations on a Theme 357 Paula S. Nurius and Sara Green Case Study 9-4 Becoming Evidence-Based: A Social Work Agency’s Effort to Move Research Into Practice 369 Jennifer L. Bellamy Key Words 381 Index 385
A practical approach to understanding social work concepts in action that integrates theory and practice In this updated edition of the classic social work text, students and instructors have access to real-world demonstrations of how social work theories and concepts can be applied in practice. The case studies in this book bridge the gap between the classroom and the field by allowing students to discover the when, why, and how of social work principles. Brief but comprehensive topic overviews are brought to life by case studies that apply general theories to the work of social work. Each of the nine sections in this book covers an essential area of social work, encompassing the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Highly readable explanations of each topic are followed by 3-5 case studies relating theory to the living practice of real social workers. By reading multiple case studies, students gain a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of the range of situations social workers encounter, as well as the appropriate application of theoretical constructs. Among the topics addressed in this text: Generalist practice Family therapy Treatment of adults Diversity Each topic area is approached from a variety of different theoretical bases, resulting in robust sections that allow students to learn by concrete example. In compiling Case Studies in Social Work Practice, Dr. Craig Winston LeCroy, Professor of Social Work at Arizona State University, selected case studies from the work of leading practitioners. In the revised Third Edition, recent cases are included to reflect current knowledge and updated best practices in the field. Instead of focusing only on seminal works, students get to experience social work concepts as they are applied in the profession today. This student-friendly volume can be used as a stand-alone textbook or in conjunction with other practice-oriented texts. An easy-to-use case study matrix serves as a quick reference for students and helps instructors identify the cases that are most relevant to specific educational settings. Study questions at the beginning of each case study can be used to spark discussion, guide assignments, and build active student understandings.