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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 ...

Individual Change
Individual change

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

—Victor Frankl (1984, p. 135)

This chapter presents the various roles that interpersonal practitioners engage in when working with individual clients. Because of our social problem focus in this book, we discuss the “boundary roles” of enabler, trainer, broker, mediator, resource developer, and advocate, which social workers are traditionally known to perform. Each of these roles will be operationalized and specified at the knowledge and skill levels. This chapter is closely tied to the individual assessment chapter (Chapter 10) and elaborates the steps of crisis intervention, as well as how the interpersonal practitioner works to help individuals cope with various role problems and problematic transactions with their environment.

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