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Social History Assessment



December 2006 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"Her book takes us on a journey back to the basics of conducting a thorough and informative social history and is an account of what a real social history involves...I recommend this book not only for the novice but also for all clinicians who want an edge on how to accumulate more pertinent information concerning their patients and to guide their treatment."
PSYCCRITIQUES


"...what impresses me about this text is that Andrews uses her love of social history to take a subject that is rarely celebrated and remind us of what is exciting about it."
FAMILIES IN SOCIETY


In the mental health and human service professions, taking a social history assessment marks the start of most therapeutic interventions. Social History Assessment is the first resource to offer practical guidance about interpreting the social history. Author Arlene Bowers Andrews provides rich resources to assist helping professionals as they gather and–most importantly–interpret information about social relationships in the lives of individuals.

Key Features:
  • Focuses on interpreting and making meaning of the social history: Humans are complex creatures. Their biology, psychology, and social relations affect their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and sensations. This book particularly addresses the personal social history, that is, the interpersonal relationships that have influenced the development of the person during the life course.
  • Offers comprehensive guidance on composing a social history: In addition to numerous case examples and a variety of helpful tools such as genograms and ecomaps, the chapters cover ethical issues, core theories of human behavior in the social environment, tips for comprehensively gathering information about and describing the social history, and guidance regarding interpreting the history.
  • Reaches a multidisciplinary audience: Whether the professional comes from social work, psychology, counseling, psychiatry, nursing, or another health or human service discipline, exploring the client’s origins helps build rapport and lays the foundation for mutual client-professional assessment. This book offers a common understanding across disciplines of what constitutes an informative social history, with theoretically grounded interpretation, to benefit multidisciplinary teamwork and the client.

Intended Audience:
This is an ideal supplemental text for a variety of advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in Social Work Practice, Direct Practice, Interviewing, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Family Studies, Education (counseling), Psychology (counseling and clinical), and Nursing. It is also an excellent resource for Social Workers, Counselors, and Psychologists.
 
Preface
 
Ch 1. The Significance of a Person's Social History
 
Ch 2. The Professional Lens, Part I
Human and Social Development and the Life Course  
 
Ch 3. The Professional Lens, Part II
Social Ecology of Human Development and Behavior  
 
Ch 4. Describing the Social History
 
Ch 5. Making Meaning: Interpreting the Social History
 
Ch 6. Tools to Aid Social History Development
 
References

"Her book takes us on a journey back to the basics of conducting a thorough and informative social history and is an account of what a real social history involves...I recommend this book not only for the novice but also for all clinicians who want an edge on how to accumulate more pertinent information concerning their patients and to guide their treatment."  —PSYCCRITIQUES

Leslie M. Lothstein
PsycCritiques

"...what impresses me about this text is that Andrews uses her love of social history to take a subject that is rarely celebrated and remind us of what is exciting about it." 

Jonathan B. Singer
University of Pittsburgh
Families in Society

I am using it as a supplemental text. The course I use it for deals with more than just social histories.

Professor Nancy Anderson
Social and Behavioral Sciences, Warner University
December 6, 2013
Key features
  • Focus on interpretation and making meaning of the social history
  • Graphic aids and data collection guides all in one source rather than multiple sources
  • Provides a succinct summary of a vast literature and demonstrates how the theory is used in practice through case examples
  • Focus on power of social relations





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