Empowerment Series: Understanding Generalist Practice,
8th Edition

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, Grafton H. Hull, Jr.

ISBN-13: 9781305966864 | ISBN-10: 1305966864

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 704 pages

List Price USD $202.95


Organized around the coherent and cohesive Generalist Intervention Model, this guide to generalist social work practice incorporates the knowledge, skills, and professional values you need to work with individuals and families, as well as the foundation to work with groups, communities, and organizations. Updated to reflect current topics and practice, the book focuses on micro levels of social work practice while also discussing the interrelationship among the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, UNDERSTANDING GENERALIST PRACTICE, 8th Edition, clearly identifies content related to the latest Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) with icons throughout the text. Learning objectives, which are correlated to chapter headings and summaries, guide your reading and reinforce your understanding.

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Meet the Authors

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Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, BSW, MSSW, and PhD, was a full professor and a former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She is certified as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Wisconsin and has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies. She received the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1986 and its Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education in addition to being an accreditation site visitor, and is a current member of BPD and NASW. She has served on the editorial board of Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, and as a consulting editor for many social work journals, including the Journal of Social Work Education. She is the author of numerous publications, articles, and reviews concerning social work and women's issues. Other books she has authored or coauthored include INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE: CRITICAL THINKING PERSPECTIVES (5th ed); HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATION, AND GROUPS (4th ed); GENERALIST PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES (5th ed); THE MACRO SKILLS WORKBOOK (2nd ed); and UNDERSTANDING GENERALIST PRACTICE (8th ed).

Grafton Hull is Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah College of Social Work. He founded and directed the College's BSW Program. He has 38 years of experience teaching at BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. levels. His practice experience includes work in human service agencies providing mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice programs. He holds a BS in sociology, an MSW, and a doctorate in education (counseling, guidance, and personnel services). Hull is the co-author of eight texts and numerous articles in social work journals. He has served on the CSWE Board of Directors, Commission on Accreditation, and Nominations Committee; and as a President of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), from which he received the Significant Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. His biography is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA.

  • The eighth edition pays greater attention to the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence, and includes additional information on LGBTQ clients and on working with adults with disabilities.
  • MindTap ®, an online learning experience built on the book's content, is available with this text. MindTap guides you through your course by combining readings, multimedia, applied activities, and quizzes into a learning path. Each chapter utilizes realistic videos to illustrate skills and concepts in action, followed by questions that give you practice evaluating and thinking critically about what you viewed.
  • Additional information on assessment includes a rating scale that assesses strengths for adolescents.
  • Important topics that receive increased emphasis or additional discussion include interdisciplinary collaboration, writing skills for electronic communications, and the role of empathy in case management.
  • Although much of the book relates to micro-level skills and practice that form the basis for working with groups, organizations, and communities (e.g., relationship-building, interviewing, and problem-solving), the authors also emphasize how micro, mezzo, and macro skills can be interlinked -- a key idea in most courses.
  • The Generalist Intervention Model provides a rational and coherent step-by-step approach for implementing planned change. As a unifying framework, the model helps students make sense of the breadth and depth of the social work profession.
  • Compelling, reality-based examples illustrate how skills can be applied in real social work settings. Critical thinking is discussed and stressed throughout the book with thought-provoking questions about generalist practice and vital social work issues.
  • Ethics coverage is incorporated throughout the book. Chapter 11, "Values, Ethics, and the Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas," exposes students to many of the common ethical challenges that professional social workers may encounter throughout their careers.
  • "Highlights" throughout every chapter summarize practical information related to the chapter content, or present mini-cases and examples illustrating a topic under discussion. For instance, "Highlights" in Chapter 7 cover physical indicators of physical abuse, major concepts in crisis intervention, helping people cope with grief and loss, managed care and its effect on practice, and other topics. "Highlights" in Chapter 9 include case examples illustrating conflict between verbal and nonverbal communication, life within a blended family, and communication problems within a marriage.

Table of Contents

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1. Introducing Generalist Practice: The Generalist Intervention Model.
2. Practice Skills for Working with Individuals.
3. Practice Skills for Working with Groups.
4. Skills for Working with Organizations and Communities.
5. Engagement and Assessment in Generalist Practice.
6. Planning in Generalist Practice.
7. Examples of Implementation in Generalist Practice.
8. Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up in Generalist Practice.
9. Understanding Families: Family Assessment.
10. Working with Families.
11. Values, Ethics, and the Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas.
12. Culturally Competent Social Work Practice.
13. Gender-Sensitive Social Work Practice.
14. Advocacy.
15. Brokering and Case Management.
16. Recording in Generalist Social Work Practice.

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