This volume has long been an invaluable resource for students and practitioners of social work. It thoroughly and clearly presents research concepts and skills, uniquely organizing them according to assessment and treatment formulation, treatment implementation and monitoring, and evaluation. Also, numerous practice cases and detailed exercises offer a complete grasp of crucial concepts and techniques. This new edition reflects contemporary developments in practice research, such as an emphasis on empirical or evidence-based practice; the importance of evaluation within the managed-care environment; the role of social work ethics in practice research; the value of qualitative research methodology for particular aspects of monitoring and evaluation; and the role of computer technology and the use of the Internet.
M. Elizabeth Vonk is associate professor and former director of the doctoral program at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Tony Tripodi is dean and professor emeritus of Ohio State University and the Moses Visiting Professor of Social Work, Hunter College. Irwin Epstein is the Helen Rehr Professor of Applied Social Work Research and director of research development at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and adjunct professor at the Division of Community Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City.
Introduction Part 1 Assessment 1. Research Interviewing and Questionnaires 2. Using Available Instruments 3. Systematic Observation 4. Specification and Rating of Problems and Goals Part 2 Selecting, Implementing, and Monitoring Intervention 5. Selection of Treatment Interventions 6. Content Analysis 7. The Development and Use of Forms for Client Self-Monitoring 8. Qualitative Methods in Practice Research Part 3 Evaluating Treatment 9. Single-Case Designs 10. Variations and Replications of Single-Case Designs 11. The Use of Sample Surveys in Follow-up Evaluations 12. Simple Group Designs for Use in Evaluation 13. The Use of Data Aggregation and Analysis for Treatment Monitoring 14. Research and Clinical Social Work Practice Postscript Index