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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 ...

Assessing Families
Assessing families

If you don't believe in ghosts, you've never been to a family reunion.

—Ashleigh Brilliant, syndicated cartoonist

People live in constant interaction with others in small groups of family and peers and in larger systems, such as places of employment and residence. Behavior is always a consequence of forces present in these groups and organizations.

An understanding of individual behavior involves an assessment of both the individual and these other systems. The only question, therefore, is how extensive this broader assessment will be. When working with the individual, the worker may spend only a moderate effort on a comprehensive assessment of family, peer group, and organizational dynamics. On the other hand, when workers directly interact with these systems, they will assess them in greater detail.

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