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Generalist Social Work Practice

Generalist Social Work Practice

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November 2018 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Generalist Social Work Practice provides students with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to serve clients across micro, mezzo and macro areas of practice. Author Janice Gasker brings a focus on self-reflection as the first stage in the planned change process and writes with the perspective that we consider work at all levels of practice simultaneously rather than in isolation. In accordance with the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set forth by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), the planned change process is presented as ongoing and dynamic, providing students with a clear understanding of how each stage of intervention can be utilized at any point when serving a client. The text spotlights the distinctive characteristics of the worker—their values, attitudes, and experiences—that may influence client interaction. The text also includes case studies, collaborative learning exercises, and critical thinking questions to help students apply concepts to practice.

Part I: Conceptual Foundations:
Chapter 1. Introduction to Generalist Social Work
The Uniqueness of the Social Work Profession  
Generalist Social Work Practice  
Characteristics of Generalist Practice  
Historical Development of Social Work  
Social Work Competencies  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 2. Multi-System Practice
Theory in Social Work  
The Planned Change Process  
Phases of Social Process  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 3. Values, Ethics, and Diversity
Why A Focus on the Worker  
How do we develop a Professional Use of Self?  
Aspects of Diversity  
The Code of Ethics  
What is an Ethical Dilemma?  
Review and Apply  
Part II: The Planned Change Process
Chapter 4. Self-Reflection
Developing Cultural Humility  
The Method of Self-Reflection  
Developing Empathy  
Barriers to Supervision  
Self Care  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 5. Engagement
The Relationship  
Process Awareness  
The Opening Statement  
Vulnerability in Engagement  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 6. Assessment
Assessment and Multi-System Practice  
Evidence Based Practice  
The Practice of Multi-System Practice  
First Steps in Assessment  
Multi-System Assessment in Practice  
The Genogram  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 7. Planning
Assessment and Multi-System Practice  
Smith Family Genogram  
Smith Family Ecomap  
Establishing Goals  
Developing Goals  
Planning Process Example  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 8. Implementation
The Middle Stage of Social Process  
Implementation Interviews  
Implementation Methods  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 9. Evaluation, Termination, and Follow Up
Evaluation in Planned Change  
Three Types of Evaluation  
Goal Attainment  
Follow Up  
Review and Apply  
Part III: Practice Across Systems
Chapter 10. Roles and Skills in Work with Individuals
Generalist Social Work with Individuals  
The Social Work Role of Educator  
The Social Work Role of Counselor  
The Social Work Role of Supporter  
The Social Work Role of Advocate  
The Social Work Role of Learner  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 11. Roles and Skills in Work with Families
The Family-In-Environment Perspective  
Interactions Within Families  
The Social Work Role of Mediator  
The Social Work Role of Family Facilitator  
Financial Capacity Building with Families  
Crisis Intervention with Families  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 12. Roles and Skills in Work with Groups
Social Work with Groups  
Different Types of Groups  
Individual Roles in Groups  
Group Process  
The Social Work Role of Mediator  
The Social Work Role of Group Facilitator  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 13. Roles and Skills in Work with Organizations
The Nature of Organizations  
Aspects of Organizations  
Planned Change in Organizations  
The Social Work Role of Organizational Change Agent  
The Social Work Role of Supervisor  
Review and Apply  
Chapter 14. Roles and Skills in Work with Communities
Social Work in Communities  
Planned Change in Communities  
The Social Work Role of Community Change Agent  
The Social Work Role of Advocate  
Review and Apply  
Part IV: Complementary Competencies
Chapter 15. Case Management, Technology, and Documentation
Ethics in Case Management  
The Social Work Role of Case Manager  
The Social Work Role of Broker  
Interdisciplinary Practice  
Ethical Use of Technology in Social Work  
Ethical Documentation  
Review and Apply  


Instructor Resource Site

SAGE edge for Instructors supports teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Sample course syllabi for 10-week and 15-week courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s courses.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Full-text SAGE journal articles support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to help prepare for lectures and class discussions.
  • Discussion Questions help students engage with the material by reinforcing important content and inspiring critical thinking.
Student Study Site

SAGE edge for students enhances learning and is easy to use.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow students to independently assess their mastery of course material.
  • Carefully selected chapter-by-chapter video links and multimedia content enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives reinforce the most important material.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Full-text SAGE journal articles support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter.  

“This text is a holistic teaching tool for the generalist social worker. I believe it will help engage students at every level plus offer case studies and materials for intense discussions. I also think the students can use it as handbook in the future.” 

Octavia Edinburg
Dillard University

“This text is very comprehensive and encouraging, and will motivate students to understand difficult concepts. The layout of the chapters, the emphasis on critical thinking, and the collaborative learning exercises are very useful for students and teachers.”  

Veronika Ospina-Kammerer
Saint Leo University

“A great introductory book for students who are new to the profession of social work. The book is written in a way that encourages students to read and practice the concepts. Although this is meant to be a practice book, there are topics that can be used to review and reinforce the entire social work education curriculum.”       

Renie Rondon Jackson
LIU Brooklyn
Key features
  • Coverage of micro, mezzo, and macro practice as a “flattened” hierarchy emphasizes that social workers practice on all levels at all times.
  • Case studies that reveal workers’ thoughts and feelings include sections on the workers’ emotions as they impact practice.
  • What if…Focus on Diversity boxes stimulate critical thinking about case studies and the strengths and challenges of diversity.
  • Ethical Perspectives boxes directly reference the 2018 Code of Ethics set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and provide critical thinking exercises about ethical decision-making that allow students to apply various aspects of the Code to practice scenarios.
  • Reflective Responses sections focus on specific worker characteristics (the new worker, the overwhelmed worker, the artistic worker, etc.) to give students an idea of how their own characteristics affect practice.
  • Critical Thinking and Collaborative Learning Exercises throughout chapters prompt students to work with a partner to participate in exercises and answer questions that reinforce content.
  • Self-reflection assessments allow students to take questionnaires and consider how their scores might impact practice.
  • Concurrent Considerations sections at the end of each chapter help students apply all CSWE competencies to the chapter’s case study.
  • SAGE edge provides instructors and students with free teaching and learning tools, including a test bank, PowerPoint® slides, eFlashcards, quizzes, and more, in one easy-to-use online environment.

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ISBN: 9781506379197