Competency in Generalist Practice: A Guide to Theory and Evidence-Based Decision Making

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Oxford University Press, Nov 9, 2006 - Social Science - 384 pages
Competency in Generalist Practice features an original and timely social work practice model that will transform the way generalist and evidence-based practice are taught. Writing with outstanding clarity and sense of purpose, Elizabeth Moore Plionis guides students in the use of a decision tree that will help them take a conscious, theory- and evidence-based approach to solving the complex problems they will face as social workers. This book is a concise but powerful tool for learning how to become an effective social work practitioner. *Presents direct and indirect practice in alternate chapters rather than separate volumes, comparing and contrasting them in an easy-to-grasp manner *Includes chapters on topics rarely found in comparable texts, including professional regulatory and fiduciary responsibilities, case and class advocacy, and service delivery to impoverished families and children *Covers important macro practice skills such as non-clinical communication, crisis management, and the use of groups in policy, management, and community and social change *Features flow charts, decision schemas, and examples of process recordings that vividly illustrate the material *Incorporates both traditional and new theories into the discussion, linking them to technique and putting them in the context of direct and indirect methods at each step of the decision hierarchy *Supplemented by a companion website that contains slides and a teachers guide for download
 

Contents

1 Introduction to the Decision Tree and the Text
3
Fiduciary Responsibilities
27
3 The Policy Program and Administrative Context of Direct Practice
45
4 Communication Skills for Direct Practice
59
5 Communication Skills for Policy AdvocacyManagementand Community Practice
73
The Art of Healing
85
The Art of Leadership
97
8 Clinical Crisis Intervention
115
12 Social Work With Individuals
195
Case Presentation
215
Family Therapy
237
15 Welfare Policies and Programs for Families and Children
253
16 Use of Groups in Clinical Social Work Practice
271
17 Use of Groups in Policy Advocacy Management and Community Practice
289
18 Theory Research and Predictions About the Future of Social Work Practice
307
Glossary
317

9 Crisis Management
137
Serving Highly Vulnerable Client Populations
155
11 Case and Class Advocacy
177
References
327
Index
349
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After twenty-four years of service, Dr. Plionis is retired from the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America, where she taught several different courses across program levels and sequences and served as Assistant Dean and chair of the undergraduate social work program.

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