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This text takes a broad based approach to basic generalist practice methods that emphasize the common elements in working with individuals, families and groups. The goal of the book is to teach social work students how to enhance clients’ social functioning by helping them become more proficient in examining, understanding, and resolving clients’ social problems. The authors pay special attention to enhancing social justice by working with individuals and families who have been historically oppressed. This edition includes specific integrated coverage of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).Intended Audience This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the introductory Direct Practice and Generalist Practice courses in BSW and MSW programs of social ...

Interpersonal Practice in Social Work: Nature and Scope
Interpersonal practice in social work: Nature and scope

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost, that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

—Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the student to interpersonal practice and to relate the content of this book to the purposes, domains, and definitions of social work practice. This analysis is necessary because social work now encompasses a vast array of activities in countless settings. The size alone of the social work enterprise creates many controversies as to what social workers should know and what they should seek to accomplish.

We begin this chapter with two different case examples—one from ...

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