Empowerment Series: Direct Social Work Practice: Theory and Skills,
10th Edition

Dean H. Hepworth, Ronald Rooney, Glenda Dewberry Rooney, Kim Strom

ISBN-13: 9781305633803 | ISBN-10: 1305633806

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 704 pages

List Price USD $219.95


Considered the classic source in its field, DIRECT SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: THEORY AND SKILLS prepares you for effective real-world practice. Packed with case examples, illustrations, and proven learning experiences from the authors and other social work practitioners, the book integrates the major theories and skills that direct social work practitioners need to understand and master. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, the tenth edition is completely up to date and thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Meet the Authors

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Highly respected social work educators, Dean H. Hepworth and Jo Ann Larsen originally defined how direct practice should be taught.

Ronald Rooney is a professor emeritus in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. As a former social worker in child welfare, community mental health and school social work, Dr. Rooney is also the author of Strategies for Work with Involuntary Clients.

Glenda Dewberry Rooney is a professor emeritus in the Department of Social Work at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. She taught undergraduate and graduate practice courses in ethics, and research and courses in organizations and administration. Her practice experience includes child welfare, mental health and work with families and children. In addition, she was involved in community-based research and worked with agencies concerned with children, youth and families as a trainer and as a clinical, program and management consultant.

Kim Strom is the Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice in the School of Social Work and director of the university’s Office of Ethics and Policy. She also serves as the principal investigator of the UNC School of Social Work state behavioral healthcare contract. Dr. Strom has been an educator for over 30 years and has authored over 80 books, articles and chapters on ethics and practice. She is an internationally recognized scholar on moral courage, ethics and social work education. In addition, she served on the NASW committee responsible for revising the Code of Ethics and represents North America on the Ethics Commission of the International Federation of Social Work.

  • Chapter 10, "Assessing Family Functioning in Diverse Family and Cultural Contexts," and Chapter 15, "Enhancing Family Functioning and Relationships," have been substantially reorganized and updated. They present frameworks for family assessment and strategies for interventions with families that are compatible with contemporary evidence-based practices. New and expanded content discusses the influence of world-view differences, the use of genograms, the distinction between first- and second-order change strategies, and principles of skills training interventions, among many other topics.
  • Chapter 14, "Developing Resources, Organizing, Planning, and Advocacy as Intervention Strategies," provides students with a foundation for understanding macro practice. It emphasizes micro to macro problem solving so that students can nimbly shift from case to cause in social work practice with diverse clients and target problems. Adopting a social justice lens, the chapter introduces the social worker's role as a policy advocate, in which the macro-level change effort focuses on organization practices and policies that influence the environment experienced by clients.
  • This edition provides students with comprehensive knowledge and skills in evidence-based intervention strategies and procedures. Case examples and videos demonstrate the application of the each strategy's procedures.
  • All-new coverage of trauma-informed care introduces students to the principles and practice of this approach in working with clients. Resources and references add to students' knowledge base and understanding of the prevalence of trauma experienced by clients.
  • Specific guides to assessing problems -- such as potential for suicide -- and full examples of written assessments help students practice and improve their skills.
  • The student video demonstrations illustrate important skills and practices described in the book, and enable students to model appropriate behavior without the pressures of facing a client. References to the videos throughout the text help students put each new skill into context. The videos are available through the accompanying MindTap®, which also offers students practice exercises and questions to evaluate their learning and skills.
  • The text balances theory with an emphasis on improving and refining students' assessment, helping, and communication skills. Composed of four parts, it begins by identifying the mission of social work, its values, and knowledge base. The authors then differentiate generalist from direct practice and explore roles of direct practitioners. Common elements among diverse theorists are examined next, followed by key intervention strategies and information about various client population and practice settings.
  • The text is packed with examples and case studies, many of which are drawn from social work practitioners as well as the authors' personal practice situations. Diversity content is integrated throughout, with cases exemplifying diversity in multiple forms. Skill development exercises give students myriad opportunities to put chapter concepts into action.
  • Given social work's unique commitment to working with clients in the context of their environments, the authors place direct practice skills in a current social and policy context.
  • Rather than focusing only on clients' problems, the authors explore how social workers can better assess clients' strengths and integrate those positive attributes into the process.

Table of Contents

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1. The Challenges of Social Work.
2. Direct Practice: Domain, Philosophy, and Roles.
3. Overview of the Helping Process.
4. Operationalizing the Cardinal Social Work Values.
5. Building Blocks of Communication: Conveying Empathy and Authenticity.
6. Verbal Following, Exploring, and Focusing Skills.
7. Eliminating Counterproductive Communication Patterns.
8. Assessment: Exploring and Understanding Problems and Strengths.
9. Assessment: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Environmental Factors.
10. Assessing Family Functioning in Diverse Family and Cultural Contexts.
11. Forming and Assessing Social Work Groups.
12. Developing Goals and Formulating a Contract.
13. Planning and Implementing Change-Oriented Strategies.
14. Developing Resources, Organizing, Planning, and Advocacy as Intervention Strategies.
15. Enhancing Family Functioning and Relationships.
16. Intervening in Social Work Groups.
17. Additive Empathy, Interpretation, and Confrontation.
18. Managing Barriers to Change.
19. The Final Phase: Evaluation and Termination.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

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