Empowerment Series: The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, Groups, and Communities, Enhanced,
8th Edition

Lawrence Shulman

ISBN-13: 9781305259003 | ISBN-10: 1305259009

Copyright 2020

| Published 2015

| 888 pages

List Price USD $191.95


Shulman's text introduces a model for the helping process based on an "interactional" approach, which uses a variety of theories and skills to build on the client-helper relationship. By presenting the core processes and skills in the chapters on work with individuals, Shulman shows how common elements exist across stages of helping and across different populations. These processes and skills reappear in the discussions of group, family, and community work.

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Lawrence Shulman is a professor, as well as a former dean, in the School of Social Work at the State University of New York, Buffalo campus. A social work practitioner educator for more than 40 years, he has done extensive research on the core helping skills in social work practice, supervision, and child welfare and school violence. Dr. Shulman has published numerous articles and monographs on direct practice and is the author or coeditor of nine books. He also was the coeditor of the JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SUPERVISION and serves on five other editorial boards. In addition, Dr. Shulman is the cofounder and cochair of the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Haworth Press. Recognized for his dedication to excellence in scholarship and research, pedagogy and curriculum development, and organizational leadership, Dr. Shulman is a recipient of the 2014 Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award, awarded by the Council of Social Work Education.

  • 2019 Update: Chapter 1, An Interactional Approach to Helping, has an expanded discussion of paradigms and paradigm shifts, providing a more detailed description of the comparison between the four-step medical model (study, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation) and the interactional model.
  • The text thoroughly integrates the latest research and theory-building work for a holistic theory of practice that recognizes the complexity of social work. The author looks beyond the social worker-client interaction to consider supervision, resources, client motivation, cost containment, and client-related traumatic experiences.
  • 2019 Update: Research and findings have been updated throughout the text and how they can be integrated into a generalist framework.
  • 2019 Update: The Council on Social Work Education competencies and standards have been updated throughout the text to the 2015 version.
  • Special attention is directed to families and communities, providing for a more balanced approach.
  • 2019 Update: Expanded attention to the dynamics and skills involved in inter-and intracultural practice is included.
  • 2019 Update: Practice models includes additional content on evidence- based practices, feminist practice, religion and spirituality, mindfulness, working with LGBT clients, and practice in response to trauma and extreme events.
  • This edition reflects a deeper understanding, new skills, and intervention strategies in emerging areas such as the AIDS epidemic, homelessness, the elderly, addiction to crack cocaine and other substances, and sexual violence. It also depicts progress in social policies, such as managed care and welfare reform, and the effect on practice today.
  • 2019 Update: A greater emphasis has been placed on the impact of setting with specific sections dealing with the impact of working in child welfare, health and mental health settings, addiction treatment settings, and school social work. Each of these sections begins with a discussion of what social workers do in the particular setting.
  • Emphasis is placed on the integration of evidenced-based practices and techniques into the interactional model.
  • A separate chapter focuses on social work in the community.
  • The book's strong illustrative examples connect current theory and research on resilience, diversity, cognitive-behavioral approaches, stages of change theory, and feminist theory.
  • The author addresses a wide range of helping situations, enabling any social worker to find useful models to incorporate into his or her work. A cumulative index of case examples organized by topics allows students to quickly find examples in the book that relate to their own practice interests.
  • Each modality section offers at least one case demonstrating intervention over time.
  • "Practice Comments" and "Practice Summaries" are incorporated into process recording examples.
  • The Council on Social Work Education Practice Standards are identified and linked to the text content.
  • The book's clear organization begins with a thorough explanation of Lawrence Shulman's interactional helping model. The book outlines the skills of working with individuals, including ways to tune in to the client and self, values and ethics, and the phases of the helping process. Additional parts address work with families, groups, communities, and organizations.
  • Findings drawn from Shulman's studies of social work practice, supervision, management, and medical practice, as well as research from other leading practitioners, provide empirical support for consistent core skills and elements of practice. The book reviews evidence-based practice models, but also draws on practice wisdom.
  • The time framework used in the section on work with individuals is used throughout the other method sections. Each section is consistently organized using the four phases of work--beginnings, work phase, endings, and transitions.

Table of Contents

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1. An Interactional Approach to Helping.
2. Oppression Psychology, Resilience, and Social Work Practice.
3. The Preliminary Phase of Work.
4. Beginnings and the Contracting Skills.
5. Skills in the Work Phase.
6. Endings and Transitions.
7. The Preliminary and Beginning Phases in Family Practice.
8. The Middle and Ending Phases in Family Practice.
9. Variations in Family Practice.
10. The Preliminary Phase in Group Practice: The Group as a Mutual-Aid System.
11. Beginning Phase with Groups.
12. The Middle Phase of Group Work.
13. Working with the Individual and the Group.
14. Endings and Transitions with Groups.
15. Professional Impact and Helping Clients Negotiate the System.
16. Social Work Practice in the Community--Philosophy, Models, Principles, and Practice.
17. Evidence-Based Practice and Additional Social Work Practice Models.

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