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Contemporary Field Social Work

Contemporary Field Social Work
Integrating Field and Classroom Experience

Field Work

June 2010 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This comprehensive and interactive text rooted in contemporary social work practice provides a lively guide through the curriculum for social work practice learning. Written by three respected social workers with significant teaching, practical, and writing experience, it bridges the gap by offering learning activities that can be worked in both classroom and field settings. Helpful teaching and learning materials for students, field instructors, faculty and staff supervisors can be found throughout, and pointers through the book are useful for group learning as well as for one to one supervision. Topics include ethical dilemmas, multi-cultural practice, evidence and knowledge, making assessments in partnership, making priorities in interventions, working in and with groups and law-informed practice.

Intended Audience

This is an ideal upper-level undergraduate or graduate core text for Social Work Methods, Social Work Practice, or Field Work seminars at both BSW and MSW in departments of social work.

Part I. Foundations of Practice
Context: Where Does Learning Take Place?

1. Learning About Service Users and Their Communities
About Activity 1: Permission to Learn

2. Learning About Yourself
About Activity 2: Points of View

3. Learning About Your Role
About Activity 3: Boundaries

4. Learning About Value Conflicts and Ethical Dilemmas
About Activity 4: The Myth of Sisyphus

Part II. Direct Practice
Context: Interdisciplinary Learning and Practice

5. Preparation
About Activity 5: Starting Out

6. Generating Options
About Activity 6: Open Ends

7. Making Assessments in Partnership
About Activity 7: Hold the Front Page

8. Working in and With Groups
About Activity 8: No One Is an Island

Part III. Agency Practice
Context: Creative Practice and Procedural Requirements

9. Making Priorities
About Activity 9: Home Truths

10. Managing Resources
About Activity 10: Travel Agent

11. Accountability
About Activity 11: Held to Account

12. Challenging Situations and Resolving Conflicts
About Activity 12: Dial "D" for Danger

Part IV. Themes of Practice
Context: Social Workers as Researchers: Evaluating Practice

13. Multicultural Practice
About Activity 13: The Drawbridge

14. Law-Informed Practice
About Activity 14: A-Z of the Law: Spirit and Letter

15. Generalist and Specialist Practice
About Activity 15: Essence of Social Work

16. Comparative Social Work
About Activity 16: View From Another Place...Another Time

About the Authors

Though text was a great resource, I adopted another text that tied Field Education to the Core Competencies and corresponding Practice Behaviors established by CSWE.

Professor Bruce Reeves
Social Work Dept, University of North Dakota
February 1, 2012
Key features

Key Features

  • Lively and creative chapter-opening activities help students engage with chapter topics in a fun way and are adaptable to the variety of settings in which social work students find themselves
  • Learning Notes and Teaching Notes in each of the 16 topic chapters are useful tools that help students and instructors get the most from the material
  • Four context chapters introduce each of the four Parts of the book, offering broader themes to contextualize the chapters that follow
  • Notes for Students and Instructors provide a brief primer for the reader and offer useful summations of existing knowledge, research, controversy, or practice relevant to the chapter's topic
  • Bridges college and agency, as most of the book's activities are flexible and can be completed one-on-one with a field instructor or in group settings in the classroom
  • Pointers to relevant literature where students can learn more about a particular subject

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