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Skill Development for Generalist Practice
Exercises for Real-World Application



February 2019 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Skill Development for Generalist Practice: Exercises for Real-World Application gives students at both the bachelor's (BSW) and master's (MSW) levels a chance to apply their generalist practice knowledge and build skills necessary for mastery of competence-based learning. The exercises in this book, spanning all levels of practice, are designed to be actively used during class time and have been developed to reflect the diverse range of clients social workers encounter in various practice settings every day. 

Authors Christina E. Newhill, Elizabeth Mulvaney and Bobby Simmons have focused on content, context and application that all reflect social work’s unique commitment to serving those who are the most vulnerable, at-risk, disadvantaged, and marginalized from society, recognizing the importance of understanding and respecting human diversity and achievement of cultural humility.

The examples and exercises included are proven with content examples and cases that are original for this work and come from the practice experience of the three authors. The practice opportunities within this book are field-tested successfully with students at the undergraduate and graduate levels across multiple instructors and in conjunction with different social work practice textbooks for over twenty years. 

 

 

 


 
SECTION I: The Exercises
 
Chapter 1: Introductory Exercises
Exercise 1.1: Defining Generalist Social Work Practice  
Exercise 1.2: Why pursue social work?  
Exercise 1.3: What will you bring to the class?  
 
Chapter 2: The Overall Purpose and Nature of Generalist Social Work Practice
Definition of Generalist Social Work Practice  
Social Work: Key Concepts and Definitions  
Exercise 2.1: Ways of Helping  
Exercise 2.2: Creating an Eco-map  
 
Chapter 3: Working with Diverse Clients Using Cultural Competence and Humility
Exercise 3.1: An Exploratory Values Clarification Exercise Addressing [Vulnerable Population X]  
Exercise 3.2a: An Exploratory Values Clarification Exercise Addressing Individuals with Disabilities  
Exercise 3.2b: Rank Order – A Values Clarification Exercise Addressing Disabilities  
Exercise 3.3: Case Analysis Exercise – Three Cases  
 
Chapter 4: Understanding Values and Ethics
Definitions: Ethical Dilemma versus Ethical or Clinical Challenge  
Values and Ethics: Key Concepts, Definitions, & Guidelines  
Exercise 4.1: Discussion Questions  
The Process of Values Clarification  
Exercise 4.2: Values Clarification Exercise “Rank Order”  
Exercise 4.3: Exploring Values / Congruence-Incongruence  
Exercise 4.4: Operationalizing the Core Values of Social Work  
Exercise 4.5: Values Application and Decision Making  
Self-determination Versus Paternalism  
 
Chapter 5: Communicating: Empathy and Authenticity
Key Concepts for Discussion  
Exercise 5.1: Developing Empathy and Rapport  
Exercise 5.2: “Of Course I Want To help You”  
Exercise 5.3: Handling Challenges in Rapport Building: Content to Process Shifting  
Technology and Communication  
Exercise 5.4: Some Tech Play  
 
Chapter 6: Communication: Verbal Following/Active Listening Skills
Defining and Describing Furthering, Paraphrasing, Closed-Ended Responses, and Open-Ended Responses  
Exercise 6.1: Closed versus Open-ended Interview  
Defining and Describing Seeking Concreteness, Summarizing, and Focusing  
Exercise 6.2: Seeking Concreteness  
Exercise 6.3: Blending Open-Ended, Closed-ended, Empathic, and Concrete Responses to Maintain Focus  
 
Defining and Describing Interpretation, Additive Empathy, and Confrontation
Exercise 6/4: Additive Empathy, Interpretation, and Confrontation  
 
Chapter 7: Multidimensional Client Assessment
Key Concepts and Definitions  
Balanced Assessment Matrix  
Exercise 7.1: Where Should We Start, Mr. M?  
Exercise 7.2: The Assessment of Antonia?  
Exercise 7.3: Addressing Multidimensional Assessment, Mr. B  
Exercise 7.4: Creating a Culturally Relevant Multidimensional Assessment Eco-Map  
Exercise 7.5: The Role of Culture in an Initial Assessments  
Exercise 7.6: Screening for Depression and Suicide  
Home Assessments and Safety - The Home Visit  
Exercise 7.7: A Student’s First Solo Home Visit  
 
Chapter 8: Developing and Negotiating SMART Client Goals And Formulating a Contract
Formulating and Negotiating Goals: Key Concepts and Definitions  
Exercise 8.1: Specifying Global Goals  
Exercise 8.2: Translating Goals Into Action  
Exercise 8.3: Elements of the Plan Worksheet  
Exercise 8.4: Goal or Objective Worksheet?  
Formulating a Contract  
Exercise 8.5: Going Beyond the Goals to Create the Contract  
 
Chapter 9: Understanding Family Functioning
Definitions and Key Concepts  
Exercise 9.1: Exploring Family Roles, Rules, Patterns, & Culture  
Family Development—A Dominant Culture View of the Family Life Cycle  
Exercise 9.2: Identifying Family Life Cycle Stages  
Family Engagement & Interventions  
Exercise 9.3: Analyzing an Initial Family Interview  
 
Chapter 10: Working with Groups
Definitions & Group Types  
Group Life Cycle  
Exercise 10.1: Group Type and Stage of Development  
Group Leadership Skills & Behaviors  
Technology Use with Groups and Teams  
Human Services Teams & Interprofessional Practice  
Exercise 10.2: Identifying Group Leadership Skills in Treatment Group  
Exercise 10.3: Identifying Group Leadership Skills in Task Groups  
Exercise 10.4: A Therapeutic Process Group in Action  
Exercise 10.5: Participating in a Task Group  
 
Chapter 11: Working with Organizations
Key Concepts for Working with and in Organizations  
Exercise 11.1: Design an Organization  
Domain and Task Environment as a Basis for Organizational Assessment  
Exercise 11.2: SWOT Analysis  
Exercise 11.3: Employing Basic Communication and Advocacy Skills in An Organizational Context  
Interprofessional Practice  
Exercise 11.4: Social Work’s Role on the Interprofessional Team  
Exercise 11.5: Clinical Director Opening at New Hope Human Services  
 
Chapter 12: Macro Practice: Community Development and Organizing
Exercise 12.1: A Fence or an Ambulance  
Key Concepts and Definitions  
Exercise 12.2: How Do Private Problems Become Public Issues?  
Exercise 12.3: Alternative Use of the Cases  
Exercise 12.4: Moving from Micro to Macro Practice  
 
Chapter 13: Managing Barriers to Change and the Client-Social Worker Relationship
Types of Threats to the Relationship between the Social Worker and the Client  
Exercise 13.1: Responding to Relationship Barriers  
Basic Concepts Related to Working with Involuntary clients  
Exercise 13.2: Engaging the Involuntary Client  
Overcoming Organizational Barriers and the Role of Advocacy and Facilitating Client Empowerment  
Exercise 13.3: Overcoming Organizational Barriers  
Social Workers at Their Best: Self Care Promotes Competent Care  
Exercise 13.4: Exploring Self-Care  
 
Chapter 14: Termination, Consolidating Gains and Follow-Up
Tasks Embodied in Termination  
Five Types of Termination  
Consolidating Gains and Planning Maintenance Strategies  
Evaluation of Practice  
Exercise 14.1: Managing Termination  
Exercise 14.2: Managing Termination, Ms. W  
Exercise 14.3: Managing Termination, Judy’s Decision – A Nine Month Relationship  
Exercise 14.4: Managing Termination, Kevin – An Unexpected Termination  
Exercise 14.5: Managing Termination, Ralph – An Unexpected Termination  
Exercise 14.6: Managing Follow-up with Mrs. Wilson  
Exercise 14.7: Revisiting the Jones Family for Termination of Treatment  
 
Chapter 15: Documentation
Elements of documentation  
Exercise 15.1: Better Expression  
Exercise 15.2: Draft a Document  
 
Exercise 15.3: Elements of the Plan
Exercise 15.4: Structuring Goals and Objectives  
 
SECTION II: In-Depth Case Analysis Exercises
 
SECTION III: Real World Experiential Exercises

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