Emphasises the different techniques needed for successful social work practice.
Techniques and Guidelines for Social Work Practice demonstrates the unique place of social work among the helping professions. Readers will gain insight into the social worker’s professional roles, guiding principles, and the importance of evidence-based practice. This title provides students with easy access to the most current information on fundamental techniques and useful guidelines for social work practice from the generalist perspective. The 10th edition introduces 12 new techniques or guidelines corresponding to the national social work licensing examinations and the Council on Social Work Education’s list of essential practice behaviors.
Techniques and Guidelines for Social Work Practice is broken into five parts. Parts I and II provide knowledge, values, and competencies for effective social work practice, while Parts III through V contain 154 clear and readable descriptions of practice techniques, presented in a handbook format for convenient accessibility of information.
Brad Sheafor is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at Colorado State University where he taught a wide variety of courses in both the BSW and MSW programs. He also served in administrative positions including Director of the social work program, Associate Dean for Research and Interim Dean of the umbrella college that includes social work, Associate Director of the Human Factors Research Laboratory, and Co-Director of the Family and Youth Institute. Dr. Sheafor received Colorado State University’s Distinguished Service Award and the University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award.
Charles Horejsi is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Montana having served that university for a number of years as a faculty member teaching primarily child welfare and social work practice courses, as well as being involved with the Department of Social Work’s field instruction program. licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Horejsi had practice experience in marriage and family counseling, child welfare, and juvenile probation. He conducted agency staff training in more than a dozen states and received the Montana NASW’s “Social Worker of the Year” award recognizing his many contributions to strengthening the quality of social work in that state.
Incorporates Direct and Indirect Practice Interventions - This title describes more than 100 techniques and guidelines that social workers use when servicing clients. Students will learn how these techniques are used to provided both direct and indirect services during the five phases of the planned change process: intake and engagement, data collections and assessment, planning and contracting, intervention and monitoring, and termination and evaluation.
Divides Pedagogy into Five Parts - The book is broken into several parts to help students better understand the connections between social work theory and practice.
Parts I - II provide a synthesis of prerequisite knowledge, values, and competencies for effective social work practice.
Parts III - V contain 154 clear and readable descriptions of practice techniques presented in a handbook format for convenient accessibility of information. Each item (technique or guideline) includes discussion of the practice tool and, when appropriate, useful illustrations of its application.
Special Issues - Chapter 15 describes approaches specifically tailored for social workers serving 23 different client populations or specific issues. Another 12 guidelines are described for strengthening and sustaining one’s successful social work practice. This helps sensitise students and new workers to special issues and situations they may encounter.