The first textbook to emphasize the importance of critical thinking skills to practice, this third edition of the classic Social Work Practice retains its unique focus on thinking critically about decisions that social workers make daily. Organized around the phases of helping, this hands-on introduction highlights the decision points that social workers encounter during assessment, intervention, and evaluation. This text, together with its companion website, provides students with a wealth of hands-on exercises for developing and assessing their practice skills. Most importantly, it helps students enhance client well-being by becoming critical thinkers and evidence-informed practitioners.
Eileen Gambrill, PhD, is the Hutto Patterson Charitable Foundation Professor in Child and Family Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Prologue: Social Workers at Work ; Part I. Getting Oriented ; 1. Social Work: An Introduction ; 2. Clients and Services ; 3. Values, Ethics, and Obligations ; Part II. Thinking about Knowledge and How to Get it ; 4. Different Views of Knowledge ; 5. Critical Thinking: Integral to Evidence-Based Practice ; Part III. Thinking about Problems and Causes ; 6. Competing Views of Personal and Social Problems and Their Causes ; 7. Taking Advantage of Research Findings about Behavior and How it is Influenced by the Environment ; Part IV. A Decision-Focused Practice Model ; 8. Problem Solving and Decision Making: Integral to Helping Clients ; 9. Evidence-Based Practice: A Decision-Making Process and Philosophy ; 10. Posing Questions and Searching for Answers ; 11. Critically Appraising Research: Thinking for Yourself ; Part V. Getting Started ; 12. A Contextual Assessment Framework ; 13. Beginning: A Practice Guide ; 14. Engaging Clients ; Part VI. Relationship Skills ; 15. Interpersonal Helping Skills ; 16. Creating and Handling Challenging Social Situations ; Part VII. Gathering and Organizing Information ; 17. Where to Look: Deciding How to Gather Needed Information ; 18. Observation: Learning to See ; 19. Reviewing Resources and Obstacles ; 20. Putting it All Together ; Part VIII. Selecting Plans and Assessing Progress ; 21. Selecting and Implementing Service Plans ; 22. Evaluating Outcomes as Integral to Problem Solving ; 23. Planning for Endings ; Part IX. Intervention Options ; 24. Empowering Clients: Providing Information and Skill Building ; 25. Helping Clients Learn Positive Behavior Change Skills ; 26. Working with Groups and Families ; 27. Organizations and Communities ; Part X. The Long Run ; 28. Maintaining Skills and Staying Happy in Your Work ; References ; Index