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The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, 6th Edition

Dennis Saleebey

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The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, 6th Edition

By Dennis Saleebey
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Overview
Author
Dennis Saleebey
Edition
6th
ISBN
9780205011544
Published Date
08/08/2012
Pages
352

A conceptual and practical presentation of the strengths perspective in social work.

 

 

Part of the Advancing Core Competencies Series, a unique series that helps students taking advanced social work courses apply CSWE’s core competencies and practice behaviours examples to specialised fields of practice.

 

The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, 6th edition, presents both conceptual and practical elements of the strengths perspective - from learning about and practicing the strengths perspective to using the strengths perspective with older adults, the chronically ill, and substance abusers.

 

Many of the chapters address recent events –from the tragic shooting in Tucson to the uprisings in the Middle East. Each chapter begins with a section from an expert in the field.

 

 A better teaching and learning experience

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience--for you and your students.  Here's how:

  • Improve Critical Thinking – Each chapter contains four critical thinking questions and two short essay questions that require the reader to apply key concepts.
  • Engage Students – Extensive case examples keep students interested and help them see a connection between theory and practice.
  • Explore Current Issues – Three new chapters have been added to reflect the most current knowledge in the field.
  • Apply CSWE Core Competencies – The text integrates the 2008 CSWE EPAS, with critical thinking questions and practice tests to assess student understanding and development of competencies and practice behaviours.
Biography

Dennis Saleebey, MSW, DSW is Professor Emeritus at the School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas. He is also director of the Strengths Institute at the same School. He earned  his BA degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, his MSW at UCLA, and his DSW at Cal Berkeley.


He taught at and directed the undergraduate social welfare program at the University of Maine from 1967-1970, was associate professor at the School of Social Work at UT Arlington, and was chair of the Human Behavior sequence there from 1970-1976;


He was professor and chair of HBSE from 1977-1987; from 1987-1997 he was Professor and Chair of the Ph.D. program at the School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas. From 1997 to 2006 he was Professor at  the University of Kansas. Since 2007, he has been the director of the Strengths Institute at the University of Kansas.
Features

A CONCEPTUAL AND PRACTICAL PRESENTATION OF THE STRENGTHS PERSPECTIVE IN SOCIAL WORK

  • Helps beginning and more advanced social workers and students effectively use the strengths perspective.
  • Every chapter has illustrations and case examples from the practice and experiences of the authors, who represent a wide variety of fields of social work.

IMPROVE CRITICAL THINKING

  • Every chapter includes 4 critical thinking questions (designed to encourage the reader to apply the ideas and practices in a variety of ways), 4 multiple choice questions so that readers can quickly assess how well they grasp some of the key ideas, and two short essay questions that require the reader to employ the key concepts in more complex practice situations.
  • Includes critical thinking questions and supplemental materials emphasising every foundation competency and many practice behaviours outlined in the 2008 CSWE EPAS.

ENGAGE STUDENTS

  • Every chapter includes 4 critical thinking questions designed to encourage the reader to apply the ideas and practices in a variety of ways, 4 multiple choice questions so that readers can quickly assess how well they grasp some of the key ideas, and two short essay questions that require the reader to employ the key concepts in more complex practice situations.
  • Every chapter has illustrations and case examples from the practice and experiences of the authors, who represent a wide variety of fields of social work.
  • Every chapter moves easily from conceptual material to practice examples and back again.

EXPLORE CURRENT ISSUES

  • Three new chapters have been added to reflect the most current knowledge in the field. They include:
    • Human Rights and Sexual Orientation (Ch. 6)
    • “Knowing” the Effectiveness of an Evidence-Based Practice — Strengths-Based Case Management with Substance Abusers (Ch. 8)
    • Animating Hope (Ch. 12)
      • The 12 chapters from the previous edition have been slightly revised to reflect changes in both theory and practice over the past 3 years.

APPLY CSWE CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Explains why the core competencies are important.
  • Includes a complete CSWE EPAS grid describing each of the 10 core competencies and practice behaviour examples.
  • Includes chapter-specific practice behaviour coverage in the text.
  • Includes complete core competency coverage by chapter in the text.
  • Lists core competencies in the table of contents under each heading.
  • Chapter opening grid highlighting the core competencies addressed throughout the chapter.
  • Competency-based critical thinking questions tie to both competency application and chapter content.
  • Includes an assess your competence section to rate how well students understand key concepts from the chapter.
Table of contents
  • Chapter 1: Introduction: Power in the People
  • Chapter 2: Learning and Practicing the Strengths Perspective: Stepping Out of Comfortable Mind-Sets
  • Chapter 3: Integrating the Core Competencies in Strengths-Based, Person-Centered Practice: Clarifying Purpose and Reflecting Principles
  • Chapter 4: Chronic Illness and Spiritual Transformation
  • Chapter 5: The Strengths Approach to Practice: Beginnings
  • Chapter 6: Human Rights and Sexual Orientation
  • Chapter 7: The Strengths Perspective in Criminal Justice
  • Chapter 8: “Knowing” the Effectiveness of Strengths-Based Case Management with Substance Abusers
  • Chapter 9: The Strengths Model with Older Adults: Critical Practice Components
  • Chapter 10: Assessing Strengths: Identifying Acts of Resistance to Violence and Oppression
  • Chapter 11: A Shift in Thinking: Influencing Social Workers’ Beliefs About Individual and Family Resilience in an Effort to Enhance Well-Being and Success for All
  • Chapter 12: Animating Hope: An Essential Ingredient of Strengths-Based Practice
  • Chapter 13: Exploring the True Nature of Internal Resilience: A View from the Inside Out
  • Chapter 14: Poverty Through the Lens of Economic Human Rights
  • Chapter 15: The Strengths Perspective: Possibilities and Problems