Social Workers Desk Reference

Author: Kevin Corcoran
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199329649
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Social Science

People all over the world are confronted by issues such as poverty, a lack of access to quality education, unaffordable and or inadequate housing, and a lack of needed health and mental services on a daily basis. Due to these issues, there is a need for social workers who have access to relevant and timely scholarly materials in order to meet the needs of those facing these issues. The social, psychological, and biological factors resulting from these issues determine the level of a person's mental health at any given point in time and it is necessary for social workers to continue to evolve and develop to the new faces and challenges of the times in order to adequately understand the effects of these issues. In the first and second editions of the Social Workers' Desk Reference, the changes that were occurring in social work practice, education, and research were highlighted and focused upon. This third edition continues in the same tradition and continues to respond to the changes occurring in society and how they are impacting the education, research, and practice of social work as a whole. With 159 chapters collaboratively written by luminaries in the profession, this third edition serves as a comprehensive guide to social work practice by providing the most recent conceptual knowledge and empirical evidence to aid in the understanding of the rapidly changing field of social work. Each chapter is short and contains practical information in addition to websites and updated references. Social work practitioners, educators, students, and other allied professionals can utilize theSocial Workers' Desk Reference to gain interdisciplinary and interprofessional education, practice, and research.

Forensic Social Work Second Edition

Author: Dr. Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826120670
Release Date: 2017-07-26
Genre: Social Science

This extensively revised edition reviews the latest research and practices in forensic social work. Readers learn to integrate socio-legal knowledge when working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Noted interdisciplinary contributors review the most common forensic issues encountered in the field to better prepare readers to deal with the resulting financial, psychological, emotional, and legal ramifications. Using a human rights and social justice approach, the book demonstrates the use of a forensic lens when working with individuals, families, organizations, and communities that struggle with social justice issues. Each chapter features objectives, competencies, Voices From the Field, a conclusion, exercises, and additional resources. The book is ideal for MSW and BSW courses in forensic social work as well as forensic/legal courses taught in criminal justice and psychology. Practitioners working in a variety of settings who must have a working knowledge of forensic social work will also appreciate this comprehensive overview of the field. Key Features: Highlights working with various populations such as minorities, immigrants, veterans, the elderly, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, substance abusers, trauma survivors, and more. Reviews the field’s conceptual and historical foundation and pertinent laws to better prepare readers for professional practice (Part I). Introduces the most common forensic issues encountered when working in various settings, including health care, social and protective services, the child welfare system, the criminal justice system, school systems, immigration services, addiction treatment facilities, and more (Part II). Provides a wealth of practical guidance via case studies and interviewing, assessment, and intervention tips. Voices From the Field written by seasoned practitioners introduce common situations readers are likely to encounter. New to this Edition: Highlights the 2015 Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Policies and Accreditation Standards throughout the text. Greatly expanded coverage from 26 to 33 chapters with more information on health care, housing, employment, the juvenile and criminal justice system, adult protective services, and the dynamics of oppression. New Part III dedicated t

The Witness Stand

Author: Carlton Munson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135187347
Release Date: 2013-10-31
Genre: Law

This unique and timely book provides you with a blueprint for presenting yourself as a competent and credible professional in court cases. Written especially for clinical social workers, The Witness Stand will increase your knowledge of the legal system, help you with the preparation of testimony, and aid you in coping with the anxiety normally felt by even the most experienced witnesses. To view an excerpt online, find the book in our QuickSearch catalog at

Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice

Author: Melinda Hohman
Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 9781462523696
Release Date: 2015-07-22
Genre: Social Science

Why social work and motivational interviewing? -- The heart of motivational interviewing -- Motivational interviewing and the engagement and assessment process / with Hilda Loughram and Sally Mathiesen -- Supporting self-efficacy, or what if they don't think they can do it? / with Stephanie Wahab and Katie Slack -- Expressing empathy : communicating understanding (even when it's hard) -- Developing discrepancy : using motivational interviewing in a group setting to increase ambivalence -- Rolling with resistance : motivational interviewing with adolescents or "you can't make me" / with Elizabeth Barnett and Audrey. M. Shillington -- Building collaboration : motivational interviewing in community organization work / with Mike Eichler -- Integrating motivational interviewing into social work practice / with Rhoda Emlyn-Jones, Bill James and Cristine Urquhart -- Final thoughts : lessons learned from training and teaching motivational interviewing.

Deciding Children s Futures

Author: Joyce Scaife
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415596350
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Law

Deciding Children’s Futuresaddresses the thorny task of how to assess parents and children who belong to struggling families where there are issues of neglect or significant harm, and when separating parents are contesting arrangements for the care of their children. This is a practitioner’s guide: it discusses how to create relationships that are capable of breaching natural parental defences to assessment; the importance of keeping an open mind, how to ask questions that fathom people’s experiences, and how to develop understanding of their histories, narratives, worries, hopes and fears. Joyce Scaife’s approach draws on practice knowledge, theory and research findings with a view to integrating the accounts of parents and children with safeguarding imperatives and government guidance, thereby enabling professionals to make informed decisions designed to impact positively on children’s futures. This accessible and comprehensive book will be of great interest to ‘expert’ witnesses, practising social workers, children’s guardians, solicitors, barristers, magistrates and mental health professionals. Joyce Scaifeis a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience in carrying out assessments for the family court. She is former Director of Clinical Practice for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology training course at the University of Sheffield.

Social History Assessment

Author: Arlene Bowers Andrews
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781452222523
Release Date: 2006-12-07
Genre: Social Science

"Her book takes us on a journey back to the basics of conducting a thorough and informative social history and is an account of what a real social history involves...I recommend this book not only for the novice but also for all clinicians who want an edge on how to accumulate more pertinent information concerning their patients and to guide their treatment." —PSYCCRITIQUES In the mental health and human service professions, taking a social history assessment marks the start of most therapeutic interventions. Social History Assessment is the first resource to offer practical guidance about interpreting the social history. Author Arlene Bowers Andrews provides rich resources to assist helping professionals as they gather and–most importantly–interpret information about social relationships in the lives of individuals.

The Narrative Practitioner

Author: Laura Beres
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137377845
Release Date: 2014-07-04
Genre: Social Science

This book provides a guide to narrative theory and practice; a form of therapy which views people as the experts on their own lives. Rooted in the ideas of Michael White and David Epston from the famous Dulwich Centre, it offers a rich source of thinking and techniques for counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers and others working in the people professions. Based on the author's teaching, practice and research experience, this book provides a bridge between theory and the basic principles and methods of narrative therapy. The book assists the reader in implementing the key ideas and techniques into everyday practice contexts, with the support of real-life case studies and conversation maps. Uniquely, it covers important subjects such as ethics and values, supervision and self-care.

Social Work Treatment

Author: Francis J. Turner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199831963
Release Date: 2011-03-15
Genre: Social Science

First published in 1974, Social Work Treatment remains the most popular and trusted compendium of theories available to social work students and practitioners. It explores the full range of theoretical approaches that drive social work treatment and knowledge development, from psychoanalysis to crisis intervention. This treasure trove of practice knowledge equips professionals with a broad array of theoretical approaches, each of which shine a spotlight on a different aspect of the human condition. Emphasizing the importance of a broad-based theoretical approach to practice, it helps the reader avoid the pitfalls of becoming overly identified with a narrow focus that limits their understanding of clients and their contexts. This sweeping overview of the field untangles the increasingly complex problems, ideologies, and value sets that define contemporary social work practice. The result is an essential A-to-Z reference that charts the full range of theoretical approaches available to social workers regardless of their setting or specialty.

Expert Witness

Author: Sal Fariello
ISBN: 0929574087
Release Date: 2010-09
Genre: Fiction

The public's fascination with all things forensic is about to get a steroid shot. Expert Witness pushes all of the envelopes. This book doesn't knock gently. It blows the doors off their hinges. If you read one legal thriller, Expert Witness should be the one. Co-author Sal Fariello's real-life experience as one of the country's best forensics experts adds oomph and wows at nearly every turn of the page. Inspired by real court cases, Expert Witness is a steamy, erotically charged expose that blows the lid off corruption in America's legal system. Self-serving lawyers, corrupt judges, expert witnesses for sale, a beautiful young woman whose life will be forever compromised by the lot of them - Expert Witness weaves a compelling insider's tale about the putrid underbelly of American justice and the scoundrels who are responsible for its rot. This book is bound to make judges and lawyers very nervous, while non-legal readers will be horrified, enlightened, and perhaps most importantly, entertained by gritty courtroom drama, suspense, erotic tension, bare knuckled confrontations, gutsy social commentary, "CSI" forensics, and lots more!

Identity Struggles

Author: Dorien Van De Mieroop
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN: 9789027265883
Release Date: 2017-04-15
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This collection provides a kaleidoscopic view of a range of identity struggles in the workplace context. It features twenty-two case studies that present an eclectic mix of workplaces in different socio-cultural contexts. They include, among others, household workers in Peru and Hong Kong, female professionals in India and the UK, social workers in Botswana and on Canadian reserves, tourist guides in Europe and construction workers in New Zealand. The volume addresses important questions on professional competence, group membership, (sometimes competing) expectations, and identity boundaries. The chapters establish that identity struggles are a reflection of issues of knowledge, competing norms and attempts for social change.

Mindful Therapeutic Care for Children

Author: Joanna North
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857008404
Release Date: 2013-09-21
Genre: Psychology

Mindful Therapeutic Care for Children is an accessible guide to using mindfulness and reflection to improve the quality of care for vulnerable children. Drawing on ideas from attachment theory and neuroscience, Mindful Therapeutic Care for Children explains terms like mindfulness and reflective practice, their importance in the therapeutic care of children and how the theory behind them can provide a key to understanding children's behaviour. This book discusses how the mental and emotional environment around children affects them, and how practising mindfulness can help us generate more supportive environments. The author also features an 'Awareness Pentagon' model for reflective practice, an original tool developed through her training designed to help you to approach cases critically and to focus more effectively on the child's needs. This practical book provides psychologists, therapists, social workers and other professionals working with children, as well as foster carers and adoptive parents with useful tools to develop their capacity for mindful care.

Narrative Medicine

Author: Rita Charon
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195340228
Release Date: 2008-02-14
Genre: Medical

Narrative medicine emerged in response to a commodified health care system that places corporate and bureaucratic concerns over the needs of the patient. This book provides an introduction to the principles of narrative medicine and guidance for implementing narrative methods.